Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach and Social Justice in Education

  • Melanie Walker
  • Elaine Unterhalter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. The Capability Approach: Its Potential for Work in Education

    1. Melanie Walker, Elaine Unterhalter
      Pages 1-18
  3. Theoretical Perspectives on the Capability Approach and Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-23
    2. Lorella Terzi
      Pages 25-43
  4. Applications of the Capability Approach in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-135
    2. Janet Raynor
      Pages 157-176
    3. Mario Biggeri
      Pages 197-214
  5. Taking the Capability Approach Forward in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Elaine Unterhalter, Melanie Walker
      Pages 239-253
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 255-275

About this book


This compelling book introduces Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's capability approach and explores its significance for theory, policy and practice in education. The book looks particularly at questions concerning the education of children, gender equality, and higher education. Contributors hail from the UK, USA, Australia, Italy and Mexico.


education freedom gender schooling social justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Melanie Walker
    • 1
  • Elaine Unterhalter
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NottinghamUK
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-53573-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-60481-0
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