Integral human development through the lens of Amartya Sen’s capability approach and a faith community at the Latin American urban margins

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The concept of integral human development is central to the Catholic social tradition. Yet, it remains under-explored with regard to its integrating components and their implications. What does taking an integral human development perspective mean for social analysis and action? The paper seeks to answer this question on the basis of the four encyclicals in which the idea of integral human development is treated, and in combination with two other sources: 1) the literature on “human development” in the multidisciplinary social science field of international development studies and its conceptual foundations in Amartya Sen’s capability approach; and 2) the life of a faith community in a marginalized Latin American urban neighborhood. Based on a combination of these sources, the paper concludes by proposing an understanding of “integral human development” that it calls a spirituality-extended capability approach to the progress of peoples. 
Original languageEnglish
PublisherKellogg Institute For International Studies
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2018

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NameKellogg Institute for International Studies Working Paper Series

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