Textbook: An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach Freedom and Agency

Textbook: An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach Freedom and Agency

Edited by Séverine Deneulin with Lila Shahani OPHI supported the development of this new textbook aimed at students in the social sciences and development practitioners. It provides an introduction to Amartya Sen’s human development and capability approach and 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 economic growth in promoting development; the importance of democracy and public debate; culture and religion; health; equality and justice; and the connections between social and economic policy in addressing poverty and inequality. Sabina Alkire and Maria Emma Santos are contributing authors to the volume. Published August 2009, 336 pages.