Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowerment

ISBN-10: 019977787X
ISBN-13: 9780199777877
Edition: 2011
Authors: Serene J. Khader
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Book details

List price: $18.49
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/13/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 9.21" wide x 6.10" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Women and other oppressed and deprived people sometimes collude with the forces that perpetuate injustice against them. Women's acceptance of their lesser claim on household resources like food, their positive attitudes toward clitoridectemy and infibulations, their acquiescence to violence at the hands of their husbands, and their sometimes fatalistic attitudes toward their own poverty or suffering are all examples of "adaptive preferences," wherein women participate in their own deprivation. Adaptive Preferences and Women's Empowermentoffers a definition of adaptive preference and a moral framework for responding to adaptive preferences in development practice. Khader defines adaptive preferences as deficits in the capacity to lead a flourishing human life that are causally related to deprivation and argues that public institutions should conduct deliberative interventions to transform the adaptive preferences of deprived people. She insists that people with adaptive preferences can experience value distortion, but she explains how this fact does not undermine those people's claim to participate in designing development interventions that determine the course of their lives. Khader claims that adaptive preference identification requires a commitment to moral universalism, but this commitment need not be incompatible with a respect for culturally variant conceptions of the good. She illustrates her arguments with examples from real-world development practice. Khader's deliberative perfectionist approach moves us beyond apparent impasses in the debates about internalized oppression and autonomous agency, relativism and universalism, and feminism and multiculturalism.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Adaptive Preferences and Global Justice
A Deliberative Perfectionist Approach to Adaptive Preference Intervention
Adaptive Preferences and Choice: Are Adaptive Preferences Autonomy Deficits?
Adaptive Preferences and Agency: The Selective Effects of Adaptive Preferences
The Deliberative Perfectionist Approach, Paternalism, and Cultural Diversity
Reimagining Intervention: Adaptive Preferences and the Paradoxes of Empowerment
Notes
References
Index

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