Individual Well-Being, Migration Remittances and the Common Good

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Abstract

Amartya Sen's capability approach sees individual agency as central for promoting development. However, not all kinds of individual agency are equally valuable. By examining the role of migration remittances, this paper argues that migration is a form of individual agency which promotes development in the short run, but which may undermine its structural conditions in the long run. What needs to be fostered is a kind of individual agency which helps construct these structural conditions, which the paper refers to as the 'common good'. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of seeing development beyond its consequences for individual human well-being.
LanguageEnglish
Pages45-61
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Development Research
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatusPublished - 2006

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Individual Well-Being, Migration Remittances and the Common Good. / Deneulin, Severine.

In: European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2006, p. 45-61.

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