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The Capability Approach

From Theory to Practice

Editors: Ibrahim, S., Tiwari, M. (Eds.)

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How can human capabilities be articulated and promoted in practice? How can the challenges encountered in its application be addressed? This volume answers these research questions through nine country case studies from the Global North and the Global South.

About the authors

Wayne Shand, University of Manchester, UK Alexandre Apsan Frediani, University College London, UK PB Anand, University of Bradford, UK Tania Burchardt, London School of Economics, UK Polly Vizard, London School of Economics, UK Jürgen Volkert, Pforzheim University, Germany Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, University of Pavia and IUSS, Pavia, Italy Anna Sabadash, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and University of Pavia, Italy Hanitra Randrianasolo, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France Jean-Luc Dubois, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

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“This book is a novel contribution to the existing literature and that it will provide a key point of reference for any PhD student or researcher attempting to apply the CA to practice in their respective fields for many years to come. ... this book provides a good starting point for anyone else heading down a similar road, although the work contained in this book should make that trip less arduous.” (Paul Mark Mitchell, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, Vol. 17 (2), May, 2016)

'This book convincingly demonstrates that the application of the capability approach to development policy and practice should be prioritised . by both researchers and practitioners. It provides both a thoughtful overview of 'why' and 'how' to move from theory to practice, and nine case studies (from rural India and Upper Egypt to the UK and Germany) that give detailed analyses of the application of the capability approach. Essential reading for all who are seeking to promote human flourishing.' David Hulme, University of Manchester, UK

'People often ask 'how do I apply the capability approach in practice it is a convincing idea in theory but what does it mean in concrete?' This book bridges the gap with a collection of wide ranging case studies from Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India and elsewhere. A must read for scholars and practitioners in search of a people centred and equitable development.' Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, The New School University, New York, USA

'This book is a refreshing contribution to the literature on the operationalisation of the Capability Approach. The essays and case studies in this rich collection provide a lucid variety of accounts of how to apply the human development paradigm to the real world. This international team of scholars has produced an outstanding reference work for scholars, policy-makers and non-specialists.' Flavio Comim, University of Cambridge, UK


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Capability Approach: From Theory to Practice — Rationale, Review and Reflections

    Ibrahim, Solava

    Pages 1-28

  • Capability Approach, Livelihoods and Social Inclusion: Agents of Change in Rural India

    Tiwari, Meera

    Pages 29-51

  • The Dynamics of Collective Agency in Practice: Women’s Fight against FGM in Upper Egypt

    Ibrahim, Solava

    Pages 52-72

  • Growing Up on the Street — Understanding the Lives of Street Children and Youth in Africa

    Shand, Wayne

    Pages 73-92

  • An Agency-Oriented Exploration of Capabilities: Reflections from the UNDP 2010 Brasil Ponto a Ponto Campaign

    Frediani, Alexandre Apsan

    Pages 93-117

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $110.00
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Softcover $105.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Capability Approach
Book Subtitle
From Theory to Practice
Editors
  • S. Ibrahim
  • M. Tiwari
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-00143-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137001436
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-00144-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43363-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 273
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