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A weakness of the capability approach with respect to gender justice

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  • MOZAFFAR QIZILBASH

    (Department of Economics, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ)

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This paper is concerned with certain ways in which people adjust to deprivation. Capability egalitarians cite cases where people adjust to deprivation by adapting their preferences to discredit welfarist egalitarianism. I argue that this phenomenon is an example of a larger set of cases, where people adjust their abilities and dispositions in the face of deprivation: I term such abilities and dispositions 'compensating abilities'. When these develop, I argue that equality of capability is unjust. This is particularly true in the context of gender injustice. Such cases lead us to look to some notion of expected well-being as a crucial egalitarian currency. © 1997 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Mozaffar Qizilbash, 1997. "A weakness of the capability approach with respect to gender justice," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(2), pages 251-262.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:9:y:1997:i:2:p:251-262
    DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1328(199703)9:2<251::AID-JID437>3.0.CO;2-Q
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    1. Qizilbash, M., 1995. "Egalitarian justice, capability and well-being prospects," Discussion Paper Series In Economics And Econometrics 9516, Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton.
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    1. Des Gasper & John Cameron, 2000. "Assessing and extending the work of Amartya Sen," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(7), pages 985-988.
    2. Buckler, Alison, 2015. "Quality teaching in rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Different perspectives, values and capabilities," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 126-133.
    3. Des Gasper, 2000. "Development as freedom: taking economics beyond commodities-the cautious boldness of Amartya Sen," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(7), pages 989-1001.
    4. Mozaffar Qizilbash, 2007. "The Adaptation Problem, Evolution and Normative Economics," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2007-08, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
    5. Maria Ana Lugo & Esfandiar Maasoumi, 2008. "Multidimensional Poverty Measures from an Information Theory Perspective," Working Papers 85, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
    6. Gasper, Des, 2007. "What is the capability approach?: Its core, rationale, partners and dangers," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 36(3), pages 335-359, June.
    7. David A. Clark, 2007. "Adaptation, Poverty and Well-Being: Some Issues and Observations with Special Reference to the Capability Approach and Development Studies," Economics Series Working Papers GPRG-WPS-081, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    8. Des Gasper, 1997. "Sen's capability approach and Nussbaum's cpabilities ethic," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(2), pages 281-302.
    9. Schubert Christian & Binder Martin, 2014. "Reconciling Normative and Behavioral Economics: An Application of the “Naturalistic Approach” to the Adaptation Problem," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 234(2-3), pages 350-365, April.
    10. David Alexander Clark, 2011. "Adaptation and development: issues, evidence and policy relevance," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 15911, BWPI, The University of Manchester.

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