Martha C. Nussbaum: Emotions and Women's Capabilities

Catherine Lutz

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

  Martha C. Nussbaum: Emotions and Women's Capabilities

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Lutz, from an anthropological perspective, offers three points of discussion in Nussbaum's argument: (1) the role of individualism in Nussbaum's scheme of relationship between emotion, rationality, and gender; (2) emotionality as an ideological symptom of women's powerlessness, not a cause of their social position; and (3) extension of case studies from the field of development to the arena of public policy formation.

Keywords: emotion; individualism; policy; power; rationality

Chapter.  2433 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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