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- DescriptionSince 1990, the United Nations Development Programme has been publishing Human Development Reports at the global, regional, national and local level. The message in these reports is simple: development is about giving people the opportunities to live lives they value, and about enabling them to become actors in their own destinies. The message is based on the 'capability approach' of ecomist and Nobel Prize laureate Amartya Sen. Today, there is little doubt that the approach has had a considerable impact on both academics and policy makers alike. Aimed at undergraduates and post-graduates in the social sciences, as well as development practitioners, this textbook provides an introduction to the human development and capability approach; it also clarifies key concepts and fosters debate on a number of critical issues. The book offers new perspectives on a wide range of topics, which include the conceptualisation and measurement of well-being and inequality; the role of markets and ecomic growth in promoting development; the importance of democracy and public debate; culture and religion; health; equality and justice; and the connections between social and ecomic policy in addressing poverty and inequality. Case studies from across the world are used to illustrate concepts and highlight the relevance of the approach in addressing contemporary development challenges. A set of questions accompanies each chapter for seminar discussion to help readers assimilate central points and apply the approach to diverse realities. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the human development and capability approach for students and practitioners world-wide.
- Author BiographyS verine Deneulin is Lecturer in International Development at the University of Bath. Lila Shahani is Editor for the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation at UNDP.
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication28/08/2009
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEarthscan Ltd
- Content NotePhotographs, diagrams, tables
- Weight601 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edited byLila Shahani,Severine Deneulin
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