Technology, capabilities and critical perspectives: what can critical theory contribute to Sen’s capability approach?

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dc.contributor.author Zheng, Yingqin
dc.contributor.author Stahl, Bernd Carsten, 1968-
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-10T08:19:03Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-10T08:19:03Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Zheng, Y. and Stahl, B.C. (2011) Technology, capabilities and critical perspectives: what can critical theory contribute to Sen’s capability approach? Ethics and Information Technology, 13 (2), pp.69-80. en
dc.identifier.issn 1388-1957
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/4945
dc.description.abstract This paper explores what insights can be drawn from critical theory to enrich and strengthen Sen’s capability approach in relation to technology and human development. The two theories share some important commonalities: both are concerned with the pursuit of ‘‘a good life’’; both are normative theories rooted in ethics and meant to make a difference, and both are interested in democracy. The paper provides a brief overview of both schools of thought and their applications to technology and human development. Three areas are identified where critical theory can make a contribution to the capability approach: conceptually, by providing a critical account of individual agency and enriching the concept of technology beyond the simplistic notion of commodities; methodologically, by sensitising towards reification and hegemony of scientific tools, and, finally, by emphasising reflexivity of researchers. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.subject Sen’s capability approach en
dc.subject critical theory en
dc.subject capabilities technology en
dc.title Technology, capabilities and critical perspectives: what can critical theory contribute to Sen’s capability approach? en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10676-011-9264-8
dc.researchgroup Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.ref2014.selected 1367395509_0310680083410_11_4


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