Living Arrangement and Capability Deprivation of the Disabled in India

  • Achin ChakrabortyEmail author
  • Subrata Mukherjee
Part of the Dynamics of Asian Development book series (DAD)


The paper puts forward the argument that the living arrangement of a disabled individual, or his/her marital status in particular, can be taken as a proxy for some very important functionings that constitute his/her well-being, viz. emotions (being able to have attachments to others, able to love, etc.) and bodily integrity that includes “opportunity for sexual satisfaction” among others. In the process, we contrast our approach to the one that drags the notion of care into the relationship between disabled and non-disabled partners. Based on this conceptual foundation, which draws on the list of essential human functionings constituting freedom in the sense of human flourishing, as articulated by Martha Nussbaum, we examine the quantitative connections between the living arrangement, marital status, and other indicators that roughly correspond to various other relevant functionings. The main source of data is NSS 58th Round (2002), which is supplemented by such other sources as Census 2001.


Disability Functioning Marital status Monthly per capita expenditure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Development Studies KolkataKolkataIndia

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