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Women, Culture, and Development: A Study of Human Capabilities

Martha C. Nussbaum and Jonathan Glover


This volume, which grows out of The Quality of Life (eds. Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen, 1993), combines philosophical inquiry with economic concerns regarding women's equality in the developing world. Adopting Amartya Sen's capability framework, international contributors tackle issues of cultural relativism vs. cultural imperialism on the one hand, and questions of local traditions vs. universalist critical judgement on the other. The chief aim of this work is to critically explore the relationship between culture and justice as pertinent to women's development, with special attention paid ... More

Keywords: capability, cultural imperialism, cultural relativism, development economics, development ethics, justice, women's equality

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Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198289647
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198289642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha C. Nussbaum, editor
University of Chicago
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Jonathan Glover, editor
University of Oxford
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Martha C. Nussbaum

I Women's Equality: A Case Study

Part II Women's Equality: Methodology, Foundations

Part III Women's Equality: Justice, Law, and Reason

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Cass R. Sunstein

Part IV Women's Equality: Regional Perspectives