Nussbaum, capabilities and older people

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Abstract

This paper assesses the usefulness of Nussbaum's version of the capabilities approach for understanding the condition of older people in developing countries. It observes that ageing is a highly heterogeneous experience, but that policy debates take a polarized approach. The paper then summarizes key elements of Nussbaum's approach, relates these to older people, and identifies a key distinction between older people's internal capabilities and structural factors related to the environment they inhabit. The paper puts forward a new framework, which combines capabilities and life-course perspectives. The policy implications of this framework are then explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1163-1173
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of International Development
Volume14
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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