Sen-Bourdieu framework: Conceptualising normative agency

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Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, 2019, 48 pp. 39 - 55
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© 2019, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. This chapter presents the conceptual framework of the book – introducing sociological references and analysis to Sen’s capability approach. Dimensions of agency are emphasised in viewing and evaluating the potentialities of international education for ethical development. Combining Sen and Bourdieu, the book advances the concept of normative agency, which introduces power and ethics in the agency decisions, and qualifies freedom as situated within network of social relationships in specific fields, therefore implying recognition of the other – situated freedom. Intersecting Bourdieu’s sociology with Sen’s capabilities provides the foundation for the research design and interpretation of findings presented in Parts II and III of the book. It also contributes to the intellectual outputs of a very small number of scholars who try to introduce sociological reflection within the capabilities approach to make it more operational.
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