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Women, Culture, and DevelopmentA Study of Human Capabilities$
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Martha C. Nussbaum and Jonathan Glover

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198289642.001.0001

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Gender Inequality and Theories of Justice 1

Gender Inequality and Theories of Justice 1

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(p.259) Gender Inequality and Theories of Justice1
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Women, Culture, and Development
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Amartya Sen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198289642.003.0011

Turning to concrete questions of justice for women, Sen introduces the issue of ‘co‐operative conflicts’ and argues that these conflicts are often rooted in traditional conceptions of women's role, which are internalized as ‘natural’ by the women themselves. Sen's contention is that the capabilities approach can handle these conflicts better than Rawlsian liberalism and economic utilitarianism. To Sen, the central problem is to confront the underlying prejudice directly and to outline the need for and scope of reducing inequalities in capabilities without accepting that this project necessarily causes great inefficiency.

Keywords:   capabilities, co‐operative conflicts, gender justice, justice, Rawls, utilitarianism

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