Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development investigates to what extent young people have access to fair opportunities, the factors influencing their aspirations, and how able they are to pursue these aspirations and to carry out their life plans. The book positions itself in the intersection between capabilities, youth and gender, in recognition of the fact that without gender equality, capabilities cannot be universal and development strategies are likely to fail to achieve their full objectives.

Within the framework of the human development and capabilities approach, Youth, Gender and the Capabilities Approach to Development focuses on examples in the areas of education, political spaces, and social practices that
confront inequality and injustice head on, by seeking to advance young people’s capabilities and their agency to make valuable life plans. The book focuses how youth policies and issues can be approached globally from
a capabilities-friendly perspective; arguing for the promotion of freedoms and opportunities both in educational and political spheres, with the aim of developing a more just world. With a range of studies from multiple and
diverse national contexts, including Russia, Spain, South Africa, Tanzania, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Colombia, India and Argentina, this important multidisciplinary collection will be of interest to researchers within youth
studies, gender studies and development studies, as well as to policy makers and NGOs.

chapter |19 pages


part I|88 pages

Aspirations and agency

chapter 1|16 pages

Human capabilities and gender equality

What do higher education students have reason to value?

chapter 2|16 pages

Well-being freedoms to construct one’s educational career

Narratives from Tanzania and South Africa

chapter 5|16 pages

Capitals and capabilities

Social reproduction of inequalities in Sripuram

part II|84 pages

Political and public space

chapter 1106|17 pages

Ciudad Comuna

Re-signifying territory based on communitarian communication

chapter 7|16 pages

If you can see me, then I am here

Using participatory video in researching young people’s aspirations *

chapter 8|20 pages

Gender, subjective well-being and capabilities

An application to the Moroccan youth

chapter 9|14 pages

Agency, forced migration and social capital

The case of young Syrian refugee women in Turkey

chapter 10|15 pages

Scrutinising the motivation of women

Stories of resistance to the 2016 coup d’etat attempt in Turkey