Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development : Rethinking Opportunities and Agency from a Human Development Perspective book cover
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Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development
Rethinking Opportunities and Agency from a Human Development Perspective

ISBN 9780367263096
Published March 5, 2019 by Routledge
194 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development investigates to what extent young people have access to fair opportunities, the factors influencing their aspirations, and how able they are to pursue these aspirations and to carry out their life plans. The book positions itself in the intersection between capabilities, youth and gender, in recognition of the fact that without gender equality, capabilities cannot be universal and development strategies are likely to fail to achieve their full objectives.

Within the framework of the human development and capabilities approach, Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development focuses on examples in the areas of education, political spaces, and social practices that
confront inequality and injustice head on, by seeking to advance young people’s capabilities and their agency to make valuable life plans. The book focuses how youth policies and issues can be approached globally from
a capabilities-friendly perspective; arguing for the promotion of freedoms and opportunities both in educational and political spheres, with the aim of developing a more just world. With a range of studies from multiple and
diverse national contexts, including Russia, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Colombia, India and Argentina, this important multidisciplinary collection will be of interest to researchers within youth
studies, gender studies and development studies, as well as to policy makers and NGOs.

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors



Aurora Lopez-Fogues and Firdevs Melis Cin

PART I: Aspirations and agency: issues of gender and justice in the educational programs and spheres

Chapter 1 - Human capabilities and gender equality: what do higher education students have reason to value?

Melanie Walker and Sonja Loots

Chapter 2 - Well-being freedoms to construct one’s educational career: narratives from Tanzania and South Africa

Mari-Anne Okkolin and Bhavani Ramamoorthi

Chapter 3 - A capability approach to participatory research platforms for young black women in South African higher education

Talita Calitz

Chapter 4 - Young Academics, Gender, and Chairs at Universities in Russia

Natalia Karmaeva

Chapter 5 Capitals and Capabilities: Social Reproduction of Inequalities in Sripuram

Laksh Venkataraman

PART II: Political & Public Space: Development and enactment of agency and capabilities for change and justice

Chapter 6 – Ciudad Comuna: Re-signifying territory based on communitarian communication

Angela Garces Montoya and Leonardo Jimenez Garcia

Chapter 7 - If you can see me, then I am here. Using participatory video in researching young people’s aspirations

Aurora Lopez-Fogues, Alejandra Boni Aristizabal, Gynna Millan Franco and Sergio Belda-Miquel

Chapter 8 - Gender, Subjective well-being and capabilities: an application to the Moroccan Youth

El Mahdi Khouaja , Noémie Olympio and Gwendoline Promsopha

Chapter 9 - Agency, Forced Migration and Social Capital: The case of Young Syrian Refugee Women in Turkey

Zeynep Balcioglu

Chapter 10 - Scrutinising the Motivation of Women: Stories of Resistance to the 2016 Coup D’état Attempt in Turkey

Pınar Uyan-Semerci and Firdevs Melis Cin



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Aurora Lopez-Fogues is a teacher in a Vocational Education and Training college, researcher in INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) and an Associate Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.

Firdevs Melis Cin is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography at the Open University, UK.