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Gendered Dimensions and Capabilities: Opportunities, Dilemmas and Challenges
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Critical Sociology, ISSN 0896-9205, E-ISSN 1569-1632, Vol. 44, no 6, p. 883-898Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Looking through the lens of gender, this article engages with the opportunities, dilemmas and challenges posed by Sen's framework to sociological research. Sen's capability approach offers sociological research a dynamic framework through its concept of agency and its multidimensional approach. It also poses dilemmas, revealed in the tensions within agency and choice and the challenges in operationalizing Sen's framework: adapting it to sociological models and applying it to empirically grounded research. Through conversion factors and processes, a central component in the capabilities approach, I reveal the potential of Sen's approach for developing more dynamic frameworks in sociological research, with respect to (1) changes in gendered norms (how new norms are seeded); (2) how entitlements are converted into a sense of entitlement to make claims; and (3) how the capabilities approach can lead toward a more dynamic institutional analysis of welfare states. My contribution to Sen's framework involves elaborating two mechanisms in the conversion of capabilities to agency freedoms and achievements: the sense of entitlement to make claims and the perceived scope of alternatives in exercising rights.

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2018. Vol. 44, no 6, p. 883-898
Keywords [en]
agency, capabilities, gender, norms, sense of entitlement, welfare regimes, work-life balance, work organizational culture
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160221DOI: 10.1177/0896920516683232ISI: 000443625500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160221DiVA, id: diva2:1250758
Available from: 2018-09-25 Created: 2018-09-25 Last updated: 2018-09-25Bibliographically approved

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