A Human Capabilities Conceptualization of Graduate Employability

  • Melanie Walker
  • Samuel Fongwa


In the research project we were concerned with what was described as ‘inclusive development’ in the original proposal; as the project unfolded we sought to provide the idea with more conceptual grip. We also wanted to ask whether graduates obtaining employment was sufficient to make claims about higher education and development, whether opportunities were fair for all, and how we might understand interpersonal differences with regard to opportunities and outcomes. To do this, as we touched on in Chapter 1, we turned to human development (Haq 2003) and the capability approach in which development is understood as a process of expanding the real freedoms and genuine choices that people enjoy in order to lead a flourishing life (Sen 1999).


High Education Social Capital Human Capital Human Development Cultural Capital 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie Walker
    • 1
  • Samuel Fongwa
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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