9780521848268

Poverty, Work, and Freedom: Political Economy and the Moral Order

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521848268

  • ISBN10:

    0521848261

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-07-04
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The poor seem easy to identify: those who do not have enough money or enough of the things money can buy. This book explores a different approach to poverty, one suggested by the notion of capabilities emphasized by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. In the spirit of the capabilities approach, the book argues that poverty refers not to a lack of things but to the lack of the ability to live life in a particular way. The authors argue that the poor are those who cannot live a life that is discovered and created rather than already known. Avoiding poverty, then, means having the capacity and opportunity for creative living. The authors argue that the capacity to do skilled work plays a particularly important role in creative living, and suggest that the development of the ability to do skilled work is a vital part of solving the problem of poverty.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction
1(12)
Part I
The classical period
13(16)
Poverty policy
29(12)
Income, basic needs, and capabilities
41(14)
Part II
Needs, work, and identity
55(11)
Creativity and freedom
66(12)
Work and freedom
78(17)
Work and satisfaction
95(19)
The psychology of work
114(15)
Part III
Beyond the moral order
129(15)
Conclusion 144(4)
References 148(7)
Index 155

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