Capability, Care and Personal Assistance: making connections

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The Capability Approach/Capability Theory (CA/T) makes
the normative claim that freedom to achieve well-being is of primary
moral importance. It has made significant contributions in its original
field of Development Studies and has also been used in other fields as a
framework to assess the relation between well-being and socio-economic
contexts, to inform policies for social change. CA/T’s move from a focus
only on resources (redistribution) reveals how the relation between the
elements of participation and freedom in the achievement of well-being
becomes contested. This paper will use two examples from empirical
research conducted with disabled people, their personal assistants and
care workers to explore how attention to participation, connection, and
affiliation can further develop CA/T
Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen Gender Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 23 Jun 2021


  • Capability Approach
  • Care
  • Contract
  • Disability
  • Ethics


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