Introduction to the Capability Approach
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Guide to the video
00:00 Introduction to an overview of Sen’s approach and complementary initiatives
02:56 An overview of the key publications in Sen’s work, note that there is a large secondary literature.
08:49 Sen’s background
Part 1: Understanding the Terms of the Capability Approach
10:10 Introduction to the capability approach, unpacking the terms included in the capability approach (freedoms, functionings, agents, capabilities).
14:25 A definition of functionings.
18:42 The interpretation of the space of resource, capability, functioning, and utility with an example of a bike and food
28:00 A definition of freedom
33:07 A definition of agency, brief, not the focus of the lecture
34:58 The link between capability and agency
36:55 Sen’s process freedom
40:18 Common misunderstandings of Sen’s capability approach
49:37 Introduction to other key authors’ work on Sen; M. Nussbaum and I. Robeyns
52:38 D. Thomson’s application of the capability approach to her own family
Part 2: The Capability Approach and Poverty Measurement
55:08 The link between the capability approach and measurement, the notion of space, indicators are often achieved functioning, and not capabilities (see also Normative Issues in Multidimensional Poverty Measurement)
58:55 Question asked to reflect on your own multidimensional poverty measure
60:17 Link between MPI and the capability approach, and a discussion on the practical implementation of the capability approach – how the AF methodology allows for diversity with valued functionings (a k cut-off larger than union)
66:21 The capability approach’s relation to human development (and the HDR), they have the same objective
70:14 The capability approach’s relation to other conceptual framworks (MDGs, human rights, human security, happiness)