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Gender Justice, Development, and Rights$
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Maxine Molyneux and Shahra Razavi

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256457

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199256454.001.0001

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Women's Capabilities and Social Justice

Women's Capabilities and Social Justice

(p.45) 2 Women's Capabilities and Social Justice
Gender Justice, Development, and Rights

Martha Nussbaum (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes a capabilities approach to international development that can recognize and address the special problems women face. It focuses on human capabilities, i.e., what people are able to do and be, based on the idea that a life is worthy of the dignity of the human being. A list of central human capabilities are identified, and set within the context of a type of political liberalism that makes them specific political goals and free from any specific metaphysical grounding. This way, capabilities become the object of an overlapping consensus among people who would otherwise have different conceptions of the good.

Keywords:   capabilities approach, social justice, women’s development, cross-cultural norms, human rights, human dignity, human capabilities, liberalism

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