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Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment

Serene J. Khader


Women and other oppressed and deprived people sometimes collude with the forces that perpetuate injustice against them. Women’s acceptance of their lesser claim on household resources like food, their positive attitudes toward clitoridectemy and infibulation, their acquiescence to violence at the hands of their husbands, and their sometimes fatalistic attitudes toward their own poverty or suffering are all examples of “adaptive preferences,” wherein women participate in their own deprivation. This book offers a definition of adaptive preference and a moral framework for responding to adaptive ... More

Keywords: women, deprived people, fatalism, adaptive preferences, value distortions, development interventions, moral universalism, deliberative perfectionism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199777884
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199777884.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Serene J. Khader, author
Stony Brook University