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- DescriptionThis book introduces the capability approach - in which wellbeing, agency and justice are the core values - as a powerful rmative lens to examine techlogy and its role in development. This approach attaches central moral importance to individual human capabilities, understood as effective opportunities people have to lead the kind of lives they have reason to value. The book examines the strengths, limitations and versatility of the capability approach when applied to techlogy, and shows the need to supplement it with other approaches in order to deal with the challenges that techlogy raises. The first chapter places the capability approach within the context of broader debates about techlogy and human development - discussing amongst others the appropriate techlogy movement. The middle part then draws on philosophy and ethics of techlogy in order to deepen our understanding of the relation between technical artefacts and human capabilities, arguing that we must simultaneously 'zoom in' on the details of techlogical design and 'zoom out' to see the broader socio-technical embedding of a techlogy. The book examines whether techlogy is merely a neutral instrument that expands what people can do and be in life, or whether techlogy transfers may also impose certain views of what it means to lead a good life. The final chapter examines the capability approach in relation to contemporary debates about 'ICT for Development' (ICT4D), as the techlogy domain where the approach has been most extensively applied so far. This book is an invaluable read for students in Development Studies and STS, as well as policy makers, practitioners and engineers looking for an accessible overview of techlogy and development from the perspective of the capability approach.
- Author BiographyIlse Oosterlaken is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
- Author(s)Ilse Oosterlaken
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication19/05/2015
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleThe Routledge Human Development and Capability Debates
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note10 black & white illustrations, 10 black & white line drawings
- Weight317 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine15 mm
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