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Women and Human Development

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  189 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Proposing a new kind of feminism that is genuinely international, Martha Nussbaum argues for an ethical underpinning to all thought about development planning and public policy, and dramatically moves beyond the abstractions of economists and philosophers to embed thought about justice in the concrete reality of the struggles of poor women. In this book, Nussbaum argues th ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Cambridge University Press (first published December 31st 1999)
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Steven Schoonover jr.
Among the most powerful cases around for moral universalism.....
Rainier Moreno-Lacalle
The book the will change how you see feminism. Clear, concise, and full of examples. I think we are lucky to have been in a country which values gender equality, but not all countries are like that. This book provides various examples from a specific country plagued by gender inequality. Attributed for various reasons such as culture, religion, hegemony, and the mere want to make the male a dominant gender. Nussbaum offers an alternative- capabilities approach. What a great book!
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not the book by Nussbaum I was planning to read--but in many ways, this serves as the "practical" version of Jessa Crispin's "Why I'm Not a Feminist".

It's definitely a bit dry a ports, but give a lot of information about how to foster and spread feminism in say, India. But, as Crispin's scathing manifesto points out---there's still miles to go "at home".

Marcos Francisco Muñoz
"Las mujeres y el desarrollo humano" nos presenta una aproximación a la problemática de género no solo enfocada a la razón práctica, si no llevándonos a un recorrido histórico/antropológico de lo que constituye una vida realmente humana y digna en el mundo actual. Vida que de muchas maneras les ha sido negada a las mujeres a través de los tiempos.

Es una invitación a mirar a un espejo cruel que nos devuelve la realidad que se vive y desvive en todo el planeta. Si bien hay ciertos nudos discursivo
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in equality and development
Recommended to Anette by: a professor in human rights studies
Nussbaum has a good pen, writes clearly and is a very interesting intellectual. Her development of the capabilities approach is very convincing and I recommend this book for anyone and everyone. When I have not given the book five stars, that is because I disagree with Nussbaum in her understanding of radical feminism and also - more precisely - her arguments and conclusion about tax deduction for religious institutions that discriminate on basis of gender. I believe gender discrimination for re ...more
Jan 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Life is too short to read bad books or books that oppose everything I believe in - but not for lack of trying. I've read about half of this book, but I just can't be past the lack of an intersectional analysis of feminist issues in India and the exceptionally Western-centric perspective that never checks itself, never considers how the author's personal biases are affecting the narrative she is constructing.

Maybe I'll revisit this someday - but not any time soon.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not your typical hifalutin' philosophy. Nussbaum's prose is accessibly clear, and she injects a healthy dose of real-life narrative into topics often obscured by abstract theory. She critiques modern philosophy for failing to address the plight of the worst-off, and she offers an elegant framework for moving forward -- not just theoretically, but practically! Recommended for people who care about social justice and enjoy intellectual rigor.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So many logical fallacies. This book is 90% appeals to authority, intuition, or popularity. Nevertheless I still think Nussbaum is right that justice ought be about what people are to do, be, and become.
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A thorough treatment of international feminism with a good balance between requiring expert knowledge and beginner understanding. It effectively demonstrated philosophy's possibility to contribute concretely to international human rights.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book, a great methodology for empowering women and girls. And yes, global, core constitutional principles are needed for not only for the human functioning of women globally who are the poorest among us, those intrinsic unalienable rights are conferred upon all human beings, including men.
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Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and ...more
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