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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2Society, Institutions, and Development$
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Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239979.001.0001

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Famine, Widowhood and Paid Work

Famine, Widowhood and Paid Work

Seeking Gender Justice in South Asia

(p.219) Chapter 12 Famine, Widowhood and Paid Work
Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen, Volume 2

Martha Alter Chen

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines what Amartya Sen has written and argued about gender injustice in three seemingly distinct, but related contexts in South Asia: famine, widowhood, and paid work. The chapter is divided into four parts: one part for each issue and a conclusion linking all three. In parts 1-3, the chapter summarizes what Sen has written about each issue and then, based on research, highlighting certain factors that serve to illuminate or complicate the issue. In the conclusion, the chapter reflects on Sen's entitlement and capability theories and the normative concepts that they offer to those who seek gender justice in South Asia.

Keywords:   gender justice, gender injustice, famine, drought, widowhood, paid work, employment status, missing women, entitlements, capabilities

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