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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521848268
ISBN-10: 0521848261
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Pages: 172
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David P. Levine

David P. Levine is Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver. He has published numerous articles and nine books in economics and political economy, most recently Normative Political Economy: Subjective Freedom, the Market and the State (2001). He has also published in the field of applied psychoanalysis. S. Abu Turab Rizvi is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Vermont. His research, concerning microeconomics and its history, has been published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, History of Political Economy, and the Review of Political Economy.

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