WomenÆs Empowerment and the State: An Examination of Amartya SenÆs Capabilities Approach to Development with Special Reference to Female Education

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164000
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
WomenÆs Empowerment and the State: An Examination of Amartya SenÆs Capabilities Approach to Development with Special Reference to Female Education
Author(s):
Narayan, Camille
Author Details:
Camille Narayan, Camille, MA Development and Globalisation, Program Associate, Sathi All for Parnerships, New Delhi, Delhi, India, email: camille.narayan@gmail.com
Abstract:
Amartya Sen's capabilities approach to development designates that the purpose of development is the expansion of choice and human freedom. Enhancing one's knowledge is one way of expanding choices and freedoms. Within Sen's framework, education and schools are equated with the expansion of freedom, and thus discussed as an integral part of development strategies. The international community supports this view and education is heralded as a critical strategy for empowering women and stimulates the development process. This correlation is problematic because education and schools are not always empowering. A gender analysis of the role of the state in education and empowering women is critical to understanding both the barriers to and opportunities of the process of empowerment. While the capabilities approach indirectly links barriers to empowerment with inequality, it does not asses the role of the state in reproducing and sustaining gender inequality. This essay will assess the strengths and weaknesses of Amartya Sen's capabilities approach to development by looking at how it correlates female education with women's empowerment. The link between education and empowerment provides a powerful theoretical platform from which policy makers may improve the capacity of education to empower women, however there are some tensions within the capabilities framework caused by conceptual gaps between education, empowerment and the state.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Host:
McMaster University
Conference Location:
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description:
2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWomenÆs Empowerment and the State: An Examination of Amartya SenÆs Capabilities Approach to Development with Special Reference to Female Educationen_GB
dc.contributor.authorNarayan, Camilleen_US
dc.author.detailsCamille Narayan, Camille, MA Development and Globalisation, Program Associate, Sathi All for Parnerships, New Delhi, Delhi, India, email: camille.narayan@gmail.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164000-
dc.description.abstractAmartya Sen's capabilities approach to development designates that the purpose of development is the expansion of choice and human freedom. Enhancing one's knowledge is one way of expanding choices and freedoms. Within Sen's framework, education and schools are equated with the expansion of freedom, and thus discussed as an integral part of development strategies. The international community supports this view and education is heralded as a critical strategy for empowering women and stimulates the development process. This correlation is problematic because education and schools are not always empowering. A gender analysis of the role of the state in education and empowering women is critical to understanding both the barriers to and opportunities of the process of empowerment. While the capabilities approach indirectly links barriers to empowerment with inequality, it does not asses the role of the state in reproducing and sustaining gender inequality. This essay will assess the strengths and weaknesses of Amartya Sen's capabilities approach to development by looking at how it correlates female education with women's empowerment. The link between education and empowerment provides a powerful theoretical platform from which policy makers may improve the capacity of education to empower women, however there are some tensions within the capabilities framework caused by conceptual gaps between education, empowerment and the state.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:36:21Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:36:21Z-
dc.conference.date2006-
dc.conference.hostMcMaster Universityen_US
dc.conference.locationDhaka, Bangladeshen_US
dc.description2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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