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A philosophical examination of social justice and child poverty / Gottfried Schweiger and Gunter Graf.

by Schweiger, Gottfried | Graf, Gunter.

Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire Palgrave Macmillan 2015Description: vii, 193 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Child poverty is one of the biggest challenges of today, harming millions of children. In this book, it is investigated from a philosophical social justice perspective, primarily in the context of modern welfare states. Based on both normative theory (particularly the capability approach) and empirical evidence, the authors identify the injustices of child poverty, showing how it negatively affects the well-being of children as well as their whole life course. But child poverty is not 'given by nature'. It is avoidable and there is certainly the moral duty to alleviate it. Therefore, Graf and Schweiger develop a normative theory of responsibilities, which clarifies the moral role of different agents in the poor child's environment -- the family, the state and many others, that have so far been neglected in philosophical theories. They conclude their book by sketching how their theory can be extended to global child poverty and what it means to show equal respect and concern for every child -- no matter where and in which context they were born.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
An introduction to the human development and capability approach : freedom and agency /

by Deneulin, Severine (ed.) | Shahani, Lila (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. Earthscan Ltd 2009Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Since 1990, the United Nations Development Programme has been publishing "Human Development Reports" at the global, regional, national and local level. The message in these reports is simple: development is about giving people the opportunities to live lives they value, and about enabling them to become actors in their own destinies. The message is based on the 'capability approach' of economist and Nobel Prize laureate Amartya Sen. Today, there is little doubt that the approach has had a considerable impact on both academics and policy makers alike. Aimed at undergraduates and post-graduates in the social sciences, as well as development practitioners, this textbook provides an introduction to the human development and capability approach; it also clarifies key concepts and fosters debate on a number of critical issues. The book offers new perspectives on a wide range of topics, which include the conceptualisation and measurement of well-being and inequality; the role of markets and economic growth in promoting development; the importance of democracy and public debate; culture and religion; health; equality and justice; and, the connections between social and economic policy in addressing poverty and inequality. Case studies from across the world are used to illustrate concepts and highlight the relevance of the approach in addressing contemporary development challenges. A set of questions accompanies each chapter for seminar discussion to help readers assimilate central points and apply the approach to diverse realities. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the human development and capability approach for students and practitioners world-wide.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Aspirations, education and social justice : applying Sen and Bourdieu / Caroline Sarojini Hart.

by Hart, Caroline Sarojini [author.].

Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2014Description: xiii, 228 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.Notes: Originally published: London : Continuum, 2012.; Formerly CIP.Summary: Caroline Sarojini Hart presents a radical new paradigm for thinking about the role of education in the development of human flourishing. Aspirations, Education and Social Justice applies Amartya Sen's capability approach to understanding the nature of aspirations, in the light of a critical analysis of policies to widen participation in education. Sen's work is synthesised with key concepts from Pierre Bourdieu to develop an analytical framework for understanding the processes influencing the development and realization of aspirations. Drawing on empirical studies, involving over 1,000 young people, aged 14-19, this text explores the hopes and dreams of these young people for the future. The young people's voices challenge dominant discourses of aspiration, well-being and advantage, and invite readers to rethink their own positions on these issues.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).
Assessing Poverty and Well-being in Australia : Potential of the Capability Paradigm /

by Jetti, Archana Preeti | The Australian Sociological Association.

Publisher: unpub. 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Conference paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference. Social Causes, Private Lives (2010 : North Ryde, N.S.W.) Bibliography p. 9-11Summary: Poverty and human well-being studies in Australia have been led by socioeconomic statistics which are limited in their description of the problem. There is a growing call for alternate ways, to conceptualise and evaluate poverty and well-being, which assist the government to develop broader and more inclusive poverty alleviation policies that can target more than what these statistics are able to capture. This paper argues for a broader informational space which is not dominant in Australian approaches to conceptualise, measure and evaluate poverty and well-being. The Capability Approach brings capabilities and functionings into the informational space, highlighting issues of equality as well as diversity, making it useful for normative evaluations of poverty and well-being especially in an affluent country like Australia.Availability: (1)
Capability approach : from theory to practice / edited by Solava Ibrahim, Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK and Meera Tiwari, Reader, University of East London, UK.

by Ibrahim, Solava [editor.] | Tiwari, Meera, 1960- [editor.].

Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014Description: xiv, 273 p.Online Access: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Table of contents only Subject: This collection explores how the Capability Approach (CA) can be 'brought out of the realm of ideas' to the 'realm of policy and practice'. Despite its undeniable contributions, one of the critiques against the CA is the difficulty of its application. How can human capabilities be articulated and promoted in practice? Is the CA applicable in the Global South and the Global North? What are some of the challenges encountered in its application and how can they be addressed? The authors seek to answer these research questions, making an important analytical and empirical contribution to the CA and its application. Through a series of case studies from the Global North (France, Germany and the UK) and the Global South (India, Egypt, Brazil, Ghana and Mongolia), they provide useful insights not only into the different ways and contexts in which the CA can be applied, but also into the various challenges that are encountered during these applications and the means to overcome these challenges.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Facing trajectories from school to work : towards a capability-friendly youth policy in Europe / Hans-Uwe Otto, editor ; Roland Atzmuller, Thierry Berthet, Lavinia Bifulco, Jean-Michel Bonvin, Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, Valerie Egdell, Bjom Hallerod, Christian Christrup Kjelasen, Marek Kwiek, Regine Schroer, Josiane Vero, Marianna Zielenska, Co-editors.

by Otto, Hans-Uwe [editor.].

Publisher: Cham Springer, [2015]Description: x, 242 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm.Notes: This book promotes a radical alternative impact on youth policy in Europe to overcome the situation of vulnerability and discrimination of a growing number of youngsters in their transition from school to work. It follows a Human Development perspective in using the Capability Approach (CA) as analytical and methodological guiding tool to improve the social conditions of the most socially vulnerable young people in European societies. The mission of the interdisciplinary authors is to expand the actual chances of the young to actively shape their lives in a way they have reason to choose and value. This book is based on the research of the EU Collaborative Project “Making Capabilities Work” (WorkAble), funded by the EU within the Seventh Framework Programme. It is the first empirical project to pursue a justice theory perspective on a European level. It also contributes to a fundamental change in the currently mostly insufficient attempts within the human capital approach to use the labour market to ensure desired lifestyle forms and a secure income for vulnerable youth.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Family policy and the capability approach to parents’ and children’s well-being

by Hartas, Dimitra.

Publisher: London, U.K, Palgrave Macmillan [2014]Description: pp. 166-187.Other title: Chapter 8 : family policy and the capability approach to parents’ and children’s well-being.Notes: Chapter in: Parenting, Family Policy and Children’s Well-Being in an Unequal SocietySummary: Sen’s capability approach to human well-being provides a useful framework to explain parent–child interactions and interactions between families and public agencies. The capability approach has two core concepts, namely, functionings and capabilities. A ‘functioning’ is what a person achieves whereas ‘capability is the ability to achieve’ (Sen, 1995, p. 266). Functionings are related to the different conditions that surround people’s lives. Educated parents, for example, may be in a better position to offer learning support at home and create learning conditions that are conducive to child academic achievement. Capabilities, in contrast, ‘are notions of freedom, in a positive sense: what real opportunities you have regarding the life you may lead’ (Sen, 1987, p. 36). With regard to children’s learning and well-being, parents’ functionings refer to parental behaviour and practices that support children to live a life they value while acknowledging the existence of social and structural constraints, whereas capability refers to parents’ ability to operate within these constraints and convert the real opportunities they are afforded into valued functionings and, ultimately, exercise the freedom to choose among possible lifestyles. An important principle of the capability approach is that individuals are able to exercise volition in deciding what constitutes a valued activity or state of being, while acknowledging human diversity and different living conditions in negotiating the principles of equality and difference and balancing diverse views on parenting.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Social policy and the capability approach : concepts, measurements and application / Mara A. Yerkes, Jana Javornik, Anna Kurowska.

by Yerkes, Mara A (ed.) | Javornik, Jana (ed.) | Kurowska, Anna (ed.).

Edition: 1st.Publisher: Bristol, UK : Chicago, IL, USA : Bristol University Press ; Policy Press, 2019Description: x, 161 p.Summary: This book explores the advantages of the capability approach and offers a way forward in addressing conceptual and empirical issues as they apply specifically to social policy research and practice.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).
Sustainable development : capabilities, needs and well-being /

by Rauschmayer, Felix (ed.).

Publisher: Abingdon, OX Routledge 2011Description: xxii, 167 p.Summary: This groundbreaking new work establishes links between sustainable development, needs, well-being, and the capabilities approach that is central to human development and the United Nations Development Programme. By challenging the role of people in sustainability policy, this collection's argument refocuses sustainable development on needs and makes it easier for people to relate positively to its core values. This exciting new book incites a whole new way of looking at sustainable development. ; Even though the word 'needs' is central to the most popular definition of sustainable development, the concepts of needs and capabilities remain within the debate on human development, without going further into intergenerational justice or environmental protection. The discussion of needs reaches non-academics in a more direct way than talking about abstract thresholds, substitutability and other issues dear to academic debate on sustainability. This collection links the questions of intra- and intergenerational justice with issues of quality of life, life courses, and well-being. Dealing with needs entails dealing with deeper layers of consciousness, revealing emotions and questioning habits and values. In this way, the collection presents an opportunity for substantial social change as well as a challenge for research and policy-making. ; This thought-provoking collection asks its readers to reconsider the role of needs based on the philosophical arguments presented, to understand how sustainability can become a part of the capability approach, to better consider the dependency of life chances on birth contingencies, and to see the relationship between capabilities, needs, and well-being in a different light. The editors finish by clarifying the possibilities and challenges of a needs-based sustainability policy for policy makers, and explain the role of deeply held values. This book should be of interest to postgraduates and researchers in Environmental and Ecological Economics, as well as many other disciplines including Political Economics, Social Ecology, Human Ecology, Sustainability Science and Developmental Politics.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
The capability approach : concepts, measures and applications /

by Comim, Flavio (Ed.) | Qizilbash, Mozaffar (ed.) | Alkire, Sabina (ed.).

Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. Cambridge University Press 2007Description: xvii, 614 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Summary: "The capability approach developed by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has become an important new paradigm in thinking about development. However, despite its theoretical and philosophical attractiveness, there has been scepticism about the usefulness of the approach for purposes of measurement and policy analysis. This volume addresses these issues in the context of poverty and justice. Part I offers a set of conceptual essays, some of which debate the strength of the often misunderstood individual focus of the capability approach. Part II investigates the techniques by which we can measure and compare capabilities, and how we can integrate them into poverty comparisons and policy advice. Finally, Part III looks at how we can apply the capability approach to different regions and contexts. Written by a team of international scholars, The Capability Approach is a valuable resource for researchers and graduate students concerned with the debate over the value of the capability approach and its potential applications."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Transforming unjust structures : the capability approach. /

by Deneulin, Severine (ed.) | Nebel, Mathias (ed.) | Sagovsky, Nicholas (ed.).

Publisher: Dordrecht, The Netherlands Springer 2006Description: 200 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: Introduction. Transforming unjust structures : the capability approach / Severine Deneulin, Mathias Nebel and Nicholas Sagovsky -- Part I The capability approach : theoretical discussion. Chapter 1 Capabilities and rights / Paul Ricoeur -- Chapter 2. "Necessary thickening" : Ricoeur's ethic of justice as a complement to Sen's capability approach / Severine Deneulin -- Chapter 3. Structural injustice and democratic practice : the trajectory in Sen's writings / Sabina Alkire -- Chapter 4. "Capable individuals" and just institutions : Sen and Rawls / Nicholas Sagovsky -- Chapter 5. Justice for women : Martha Nussbaum and Catholic social justice teaching / Lisa Sowle Cahill -- Part II Transforming unjust structures : five case studies. Chapter 6. Narrative capability : telling stories in the search for justice / Teresa Godwin Phelps -- Chapter 7. Promoting capability for work : the role of local actors / Jean-Michel Bonvin and Nicholas Farvaque -- Chapter 8. Enhancing students' capabilities? : UK higher education and the widening participation agenda / Michael Watts and David Bridges -- Chapter 9. Enter the poor : American welfare reform, solidarity the capability of human flourishing / Vincent D. Rougeau -- Chapter 10. "Patent injustice" : applying Sen's capability approach to biotechnologies / Julie Clague.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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