Bibliographic Details

Women, culture, and development a study of human capabilities / edited by Martha C. Nussbaum and Jonathan Glover.

Imprint Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Description 1 electronic resource (xi, 481 p.).
Language English
Series Wider studies in development economics
Social theory.
Subject Women's rights.
Sex role.
Women in development.
Format E-Resource, Book
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Other authors / contributors Nussbaum, Martha Craven, 1947-
Glover, Jonathan.
World Institute for Development Economics Research.
Notes "Prepared for the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) of the United Nations University."
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2010. (Social theory). Available via World Wide Web.
Summary 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.
Other form Original 0198289170