Children and the Capability Approach (Studies in Childhood by Mario Biggeri, Jerome Ballet, Flavio Comim

By Mario Biggeri, Jerome Ballet, Flavio Comim

Exploring a wide selection of case stories and developmental matters from an ability standpoint, this booklet is an unique contribution to either improvement and kid's reviews that increases a powerful case forplacing kid's concerns on the center of human improvement.

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Capability is, thus, a set of vectors of functionings, reflecting the person’s freedom to lead one type of life or another . . to choose from possible livings” (Sen, 1992: 40). 6 Functionings are “the various things a person may value doing or being” (Sen, 1999a: 75). “The difference between a functioning and a capability is similar to the difference between an achievement and the freedom to achieve something, or between an outcome and an opportunity. All capabilities together correspond to the overall freedom to lead the life that a person has reason to value” (Robeyns, 2003: 63).

Our overarching goal is to improve policies towards children’s well-being. Seeing children as subjects of capabilities means that we can consider them endowed with agency and autonomy, able to express their points of view, values and priorities. Therefore, the capabilities, choices and conditions experienced during childhood and adolescence crucially affect children’s capabilities as adults. As stated by Sen (1999b: 4) the “ . . capabilities that adults enjoy are deeply conditional on their experience as children”.

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