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Development as freedom: the spaces of Amartya Sen

Corbridge, Stuart (2002) Development as freedom: the spaces of Amartya Sen. Progress in Development Studies, 2 (3). pp. 183-217. ISSN 1464-9934

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Abstract

The field of development studies owes a great debt to Amartya Sen. This paper reviews the strengths and weaknesses of Sen’s account of ‘development as freedom’. It considers how Sen has developed his arguments in terms of four key ‘spaces’: what he calls the space of economic or moral evaluation, and what I call the spaces of geography, culture and politics. If there are problematic areas in Sen’s work, they lie in his treatments of authoritarian rule, of the rights to difference of certain social groups, and of political power, and in the indeterminacy of some of his policy recommendations.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://pdj.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2002 Sage Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Director's Management Team
Departments > International Development
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2008
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3490/

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