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Individual Well-being, Migration Remittances and the Common Good

Individual Well-being, Migration Remittances and the Common Good 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The European Journal of Development Research Springer Journals

Individual Well-being, Migration Remittances and the Common Good

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 by European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes
Subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general; Development Studies; Development Economics; Development Policy; Development and Social Change
ISSN
0957-8811
eISSN
1743-9728
DOI
10.1080/09578810600572353
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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.

Journal

The European Journal of Development ResearchSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2006

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