Capability Approach as a Framework for Research on Children's Well-Being


Within contemporary childhood studies, interest is focusing increasingly on the well-being of children in the here and now. However, the theoretical conceptualization and the operationalization of well-being confront research on childhood with fundamental and methodological challenges. This chapter pursues the assumption that the capability approach – particularly in the form proposed by Martha Nussbaum – offers a theoretically promising framework for studying the well-being of children. This chapter gives an overview of international empirical childhood studies using the capability approach and discusses its potentials and future directions.


Good Life Generational Order Capability Approach Childhood Study Street Child 
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We thank Stefanie Albus for stimulating discussions and valuable comments on this chapter.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Educational SciencesGoethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Social Work, Education and Sports ScienceUniversity of VechtaVechtaGermany

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