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Disadvantage

Jonathan Wolff and Avner de-Shalit

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199278268
eISBN:
9780191707902
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278268.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

What does it mean to be disadvantaged? Is it possible to compare different disadvantages? What should governments do to move their societies in the direction of equality, where equality is to be ... More


The Indexing Problem

Jonathan Wolff and Avner De-Shalit

in Disadvantage

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199278268
eISBN:
9780191707902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278268.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

If disadvantage is plural, how could we know who are the least advantaged? One possible way of treating this ‘indexing problem’ is to claim that pluralism is not the problem but the solution: that ... More


Opportunity and Responsibility

Jonathan Wolff and Avner De-Shalit

in Disadvantage

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199278268
eISBN:
9780191707902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278268.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter argues that the idea of ‘capability’ is too vague; it is replaced with the concept of ‘genuine opportunities’ for secure functioning. An opportunity for a functioning is genuine to the ... More


Clustering of Disadvantage and Empirical Research

Jonathan Wolff and Avner De-Shalit

in Disadvantage

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199278268
eISBN:
9780191707902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278268.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

The previous chapters demonstrated that the issue of identifying the least advantaged reduces to the question of whether clustering of disadvantage can be identified among the ‘high-weight ... More


De‐clustering Disadvantage

Jonathan Wolff and Avner De-Shalit

in Disadvantage

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199278268
eISBN:
9780191707902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278268.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter looks at the issue of how it might be possible to decluster disadvantage. The best means of doing so will be for government to attend to corrosive disadvantages — those that cause other ... More


Amartya Sen: Capability and Well‐Being

Wulf Gaertner

in The Quality of Life

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198287971
eISBN:
9780191596704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198287976.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Gaertner explores the aspect of measurability within Sen's capability approach, remarking that it is extremely difficult to determine weighing schemes for set evaluation and a set of basic ... More


Basic Needs and Basic Capabilities

Sabina Alkire

in Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199245796
eISBN:
9780191600838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199245797.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Each of the four chapters of Part I of the book synthesizes one aspect that must be specified in the operationalization of the capability approach, then proposes a framework for doing so. This fifth ... More


Functionings and Capability

Amartya Sen

in Inequality Reexamined

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198289289
eISBN:
9780191596896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198289286.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

This chapter identifies, develops, and defends a particular choice of space and its use in terms of freedom to achieve. A person's capability to achieve functionings that he or she has reason to ... More


Class, Gender and Other Groups

Amartya Sen

in Inequality Reexamined

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198289289
eISBN:
9780191596896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198289286.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

The relevance of the capability perspective is discussed in the context of differences in class, gender, and other social features. Human diversity is shown, once again, to play a crucial part in ... More


Health and Social Justice

Jennifer Prah Ruger

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199559978
eISBN:
9780191721489
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559978.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

Envision a society in which all people have the ability to achieve the central health capabilities of avoiding premature death and escapable morbidity, and where everyone has comprehensive health ... More


Empowering Capabilities

Marc Fleurbaey and Didier Blanchet

in Beyond GDP: Measuring Welfare and Assessing Sustainability

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199767199
eISBN:
9780199332557
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199767199.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Public and Welfare

This chapter focuses on the “capability approach” (CA) introduced by Sen and Nussbaum in the 1980s. In a nutshell, this approach advocates focusing on a comprehensive list of functionings ... More


Culture, equity and social wellbeing in New York City

Mark J. Stern and Susan C. Seifert

in Capability-Promoting Policies: Enhancing Individual and Social Development

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781447334316
eISBN:
9781447334354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.003.0007
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy

This chapter examines how the capability approach has been applied to cultural policymaking in New York City using a multidimensional index of social wellbeing for the city's neighbourhoods. The ... More


Appearing without Shame: Well-Being, Capabilities, and Standards of Living

Claire Taylor

in Poverty, Wealth, and Well-Being: Experiencing Penia in Democratic Athens

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198786931
eISBN:
9780191829062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786931.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Chapter 6 reviews recent investigations of living standards which focus on subsistence and consumption measures, arguing that these should also be viewed in terms of ‘living without shame’. This ... More


Metrics of Justice

Ali Mehdi

in A Shot of Justice: Priority-Setting for Addressing Child Mortality

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780199490592
eISBN:
9780199095797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199490592.003.0002
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Public Health

This chapter characterizes and critiques the relevant aspects of various metrics of justice put forth by major theories of justice, with a special focus on Amartya Sen’s capability approach. It then ... More


Reimagining the Individual

Daniel W. Bromley

in Possessive Individualism: A Crisis of Capitalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190062842
eISBN:
9780190062873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190062842.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History, Economic Systems

Beginning in the 1980s, inequality of incomes in the metropolitan core began to increase. This great divergence was most pronounced in the Anglophone world—Great Britain, the United States, Canada, ... More


The Concept

K. Seeta Prabhu and Sandhya S. Iyer

in Human Development in an Unequal World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780199490240
eISBN:
9780199095681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199490240.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter explains in detail the notions of ‘functionings’ and ‘capabilities’. It discusses the multi-layered phenomena of capabilities in the form of as threshold, internal, external, and complex ... More


Immigrants and Political Rights in the City

Avner de Shalit

in Cities and Immigration: Political and Moral Dilemmas in the New Era of Migration

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198833215
eISBN:
9780191871443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833215.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

If immigrants do settle in the city, what political rights should they have? The criteria for being a city-zen in a city are controversial. On the one hand it seems that immigrants have an interest ... More


The Capability Approach to Advantage and Disadvantage

Tania Burchardt and Rod Hick

in Social Advantage and Disadvantage

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198737070
eISBN:
9780191800597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737070.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter outlines key features of Sen’s capability approach; in particular, its multidimensionality and its focus on what people can do and be in their lives. These features give a distinctive ... More


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