The Injustice of Child Poverty

  • Gottfried Schweiger
  • Gunter Graf
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In the previous chapter, we sketched a theory of social justice for children based within the capability approach. We argued that, as a matter of social justice, each and every child is entitled to reach a minimum threshold of certain important functionings and capabilities, which are essential to her well-being and well-becoming. Furthermore, we have suggested that in the case of children, a focus on achieved functionings is often more adequate from a social justice perspective than a focus on capabilities. However, this assumption has to be understood in relation to the age and competence of the child, respecting her agency from an early age on. As children move through childhood, as they mature and develop, choice and autonomy become more and more important, and social justice reflects this by shifting its focus from achieved functionings to capabilities.

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© Gottfried Schweiger and Gunter Graf 2015

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gottfried Schweiger
    • 1
  • Gunter Graf
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Paris Lodron University of SalzburgAustria
  2. 2.International Research Centre for Social and Ethical QuestionsSalzburgAustria

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