Meeting ‘Felt Aspirations’

Dipankar Gupta


Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195674330
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081820 | DOI:
Meeting ‘Felt Aspirations’

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Globalization can show the way towards an alternative paradigm for development. It draws away from nation-state rhetorics, which is often more obfuscating than illuminating. It also describes how globalization can deal with the issue of equity. It then raises the issue of sequencing globalization measures and, more importantly, providing channels for development which meet the felt aspirations of the people and not just their felt needs. Social capacities complement individual capabilities by making it possible to actually utilize the latter towards achieving the life one values. Furthermore, an examination of the situation of the fishing community of Kerala is provided. Kerala’s fishing community shows that social security measures such as accidental insurance, housing, and basic education, still does not substantively open up the horizons for the large majority. It is unrealistic to expect the poor to enter the market and compete effectively through status-holding projects.

Keywords: development; fishing community; Kerala; accidental insurance; housing; basic education

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Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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