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Women, Culture, and Development A Study of Human Capabilities (Hardcover)

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Women, Culture, and Development Nussbaum, Martha C. (EDT)/ Glover, Jonathan (EDT)/ World Institute for Development Economics Researc 1 of 1
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0198289170
ISBN-13: 9780198289173
Sku: 30880976
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  496
Age Range:  NA
 
Women, a majority of the world's population, receive only a small proportion of its opportunities and benefits. According to the 1993 UN Human Development Report, there is no country in the world in which women's quality of life is equal to that of men. This examination of women's quality of life thus addresses questions which have a particular urgency. It aims to describe the basic situation of all women and so develops a universal account that can answer the charges of 'Western imperialism' frequently made against such accounts. The contributors confront the issue of cultural relativism, criticizing the relativist approach which, in its desire to respect different cultural traditions, can result in indifference to injustice. An account of gender justice and women's equality is then proposed in various areas in which quality of life is measured. These issues are related throughout to the specific contexts of India, Bangladesh, China, Mexico, and Nigeria through a series of case studies. Disciplines represented include philosophy, economics, political science, anthropology, law, and sociology. Like its predecessor, The Quality of Life, this volume encourages the reader to think critically about the central fundamental concepts used in development economics and suggests major criticisms of current economic approaches from that fundamental viewpoint.
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Women, a majority of the world's population, receive only a small proportion of its opportunities and benefits. According to the 1993 UN Human Development Report, there is no country in the world in which women's quality of life is equal to that of men. This examination of women's quality of life addresses questions which have a particular urgency, and aims to describe the basic situation of all women. The contributors confront the issue of cultural relativism, criticizing the approach which, in its desire to respect different cultural traditions, can result in indifference to injustice. Gender justice and women's equality is then proposed in various areas in which quality of life is measured. Like its predecessor, The Quality of Life, this volume encourages the reader to think critically about the central fundamental concepts used in development economics, and suggests major criticisms of current economic approaches from that fundamental viewpoint. In addition to scholars of women's and gender studies, this work will be of interest to economists, philosophers, political scientists, and sociologists.
Author Bio
Martha C. Nussbaum
Martha Nussbaum wears many hats. Since receiving her doctorate from Harvard University in 1975, she has worked tirelessly in the fields of classics, ethics, law, philosophy, and politics. She is the author of many books on philosophy and social justice, and holds honorary degrees from several esteemed universities. Her work has given her the opportunity to contribute to both national and international committees for social reform, and to work with the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen for the World Institute for Development Economics Research. Not surprisingly, her background and efforts have won her high acclaim from academics and the general populace alike. Nussbaum is heralded as an expert in many arenas, even being called to testify in the 1999 Colorado court case Romer vs. Evans regarding discrimination against homosexuals. Still, she is not immune to the occasional intra-academic shouting match as with, for example, her philippics against Allan Bloom and Judith Butler. Throughout all her endeavors, Nussbaum has reinforced her reputation as a staunch advocate for rights-based universalism and liberal feminism, and as a "lawyer for humanity." In 1995, Nussbaum became a professor at the University of Chicago, as a member of both the Law and Philosophy faculties.
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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0496
Product attributePublisher:   Oxford University Press, USA
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