Professor Sen revisits the issues tackled in his previous work, On Economic Inequality, and provides new analyses and insights in this crucial area. The book brings together and develops some of the most important themes of Sen's work over the last decade. Its main single theme is that we should be concerned with people's capabilities rather than either their resources or their welfare. Sen also looks at some types of inequalities that have not yet been studied as systematically as inequalities of class and wealth have been. These include the important issue of gender inequality.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - James.Igoe - LibraryThing
The most basic idea, that one person's equality is another's inequality, is explored in detail. Sen illuminates many of the flaws in standard economic thinking, and how the philosophical underpinnings of economics guide and distort economic reasoning. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vegetarian - LibraryThing
Really luscious and lucid argument: Everyone who theorizes about this is egalitarian in the sense that s/he wants equality of something, but what IS that 'something'? Read full review
Questions and Themes
1 EQUALITY OF WHAT?
2 FREEDOM ACHIEVEMENT AND RESOURCES
3 FUNCTIONINGS AND CAPABILITY
4 FREEDOM AGENCY AND WELLBEING
5 JUSTICE AND CAPABILITY
6 WELFARE ECONOMICS AND INEQUALITY