In this powerful critique, Martha Nussbaum argues that our dominant theories of development have given us policies that ignore our most basic human needs for dignity and self-respect. For the past 25 years, Nussbaum has been working on an alternate model to assess human development: the Capabilities Approach. She and her colleagues begin with the simplest of questions: What is each person actually able to do and to be? What real opportunities are available to them?
The Capabilities Approach to human progress has until now been expounded only in specialized works. Creating Capabilities, however, affords anyone interested in issues of human development a wonderfully lucid account of the structure and practical implications of an alternate model. It demonstrates a path to justice for both humans and nonhumans, weighs its relevance against other philosophical stances, and reveals the value of its universal guidelines even as it acknowledges cultural difference. In our era of unjustifiable inequity, Nussbaum shows how - by attending to the narratives of individuals and grasping the daily impact of policy - we can enable people everywhere to live full and creative lives.
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By Anthony on 05-03-13
Key text for researchers & students of development
Creating Capabilities is a key text in relation to development and international aid. Nussbaum elaborates on the capabilities approach and the core elements of the approach. She considers and addresses critics of the approach. Nussbaum explains how her views coalesce with those of Amartya Sen, the Nobel prize-winning economist and another key proponent of the capabilities approach, and where they differ. The book is well set out and structured, using the life story of an Indian woman to work through key arguments and elements associated with this approach, as well as attention to each of the proposed 10 core capabilities.
I was surprised at how enjoyable having a key non-fiction text read to me would be... it certainly got digested a lot more quickly than the hard copy version which has been unread on my desk for a couple of years!
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By Carla. on 21-04-15
The book is good but the narration not that good.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
the narration, I feel like it was a computer and I the ideas where difficult to follow.
How could the performance have been better?
The writer Martha C. Nussbaum should be the narrator, I have hear her voice in podcast is much more engaging.
Any additional comments?
I couldn't finished. Bought the written book instead.
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By Chelsea on 30-10-17
Development student finds her favorite theory
I loved the approach to Sen and development. It is a must read book for anyone in the field of development!