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The capability approach: insights for a new poverty focus

Hick, Rod (2012) The capability approach: insights for a new poverty focus. Journal of Social Policy, 41 (2). pp. 291-308. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279411000845


The concepts of poverty, social exclusion and deprivation are widely employed but often problematic. This paper discusses some problems with prominent interpretations of these concepts and how Amartya Sen’s capability approach can provide a conceptual framework that can overcome these problems. It is argued that the capability approach can reflect the many ways that human lives are blighted and that it thus offers a promising framework for poverty analysis. Six insights for poverty analysis provided by the capability approach are discussed.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 09:09
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2024 04:00

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