Amartya Sen's Capability Approach and Social Justice in by Melanie Walker, Elaine Unterhalter

By Melanie Walker, Elaine Unterhalter

This compelling book introduces Nobel laureate, Amartya Sen’s, strength process, and explores its value for concept, coverage and perform in schooling. the potential technique  has attracted realization throughout disciplinary barriers in recent times contributing to debates in economics, political philosophy, overall healthiness and social coverage. This ebook enhances those discussions by way of contemplating the opportunity of the strategy for paintings in schooling, exhibiting how the potential strategy demanding situations a few of the key assumptions of human capital concept and the way it might offer substance for coverage and perform in schooling enthusiastic about social justice. The ebook seems to be  particularly at questions in regards to the schooling of youngsters, gender equality, and better education.Contributors hail from the united kingdom, united states, Australia, Italy and Mexico.

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111). Nussbaum (2003) further supports this view in defending the intrinsic 38 LORELLA TERZI value of literacy as crucial to human dignity. One of the most common critiques of literacy relates to its “parochial” and highly Westernized value, one that is allegedly not important to all those individuals who happen to live in nonliterate societies or indeed in communities where being literate is not deemed important. However, as Nussbaum rightly highlights, literacy expands human capabilities and proves to be crucial in progress being made in all areas of people’s lives, and especially in the lives of those people, for instance, women, who have been historically and intentionally excluded and prevented from achieving the functioning of being literate.

Following this conception, I maintain that the capability to be educated entails the selection of specific subsets of enabling conditions that are fundamental to it. It also requires a set of methodological criteria for the selection. Let us analyze this understanding in more detail. The first facet in which the opportunity to be educated can be considered a basic capability relates to its crucial importance for people’s wellbeing. The capability to be educated is basic, since absence or lack of education would essentially harm and disadvantage the individual.

In Bailey’s account, serving competencies include literacy, numeracy, logical reasoning, appropriate dispositions, physical fitness, and computer skills. The list, contextualized within liberal education and drawn up when computer technology was still at an initial stage, includes basic elements foundational to education, whose value, however, seems to go beyond the purely instrumental one that Bailey assigns them. Literacy, to mention but one, while being a basic constituent of being educated and while instrumentally allowing the achievement of other educational aims beyond reading and writing as techniques per se, certainly has an intrinsic value as well.

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