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Nussbaum, capabilities and older people

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  • Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

    (School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK)

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This paper assesses the usefulness of Nussbaum's version of the capabilities approach for understanding the condition of older people in developing countries. It observes that ageing is a highly heterogeneous experience, but that policy debates take a polarized approach. The paper then summarizes key elements of Nussbaum's approach, relates these to older people, and identifies a key distinction between older people's internal capabilities and structural factors related to the environment they inhabit. The paper puts forward a new framework, which combines capabilities and life-course perspectives. The policy implications of this framework are then explored. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, 2002. "Nussbaum, capabilities and older people," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(8), pages 1163-1173.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:14:y:2002:i:8:p:1163-1173
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.958
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    1. Alkire, Sabina, 2002. "Dimensions of Human Development," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 30(2), pages 181-205, February.
    2. Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter, 2000. "Old Age and Poverty in Developing Countries: New Policy Challenges," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 28(12), pages 2157-2168, December.
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    1. Armando Barrientos & Casilda Lasso de la Vega, 2011. "Assessing wellbeing and deprivation in later life: A multidimensional counting approach," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 15111, BWPI, The University of Manchester.

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