ABSTRACT

The capability approach utilized in this book provides a more extensive view of well-being, including the key issues of (1) how is well-being de¿ned (what dimensions are taken into account by policy-makers and activists? What dimensions are left out?), and (2) what resources and opportunity structures are available to the various stakeholders? In particular, what cognitive, strategic and symbolic tools can be ef¿ciently mobilized by movements when framing and promoting a gendered view of well-being? In both normative and analytical terms, the capability approach offers a more encompassing perspective. However, it sometimes fails to appropriately integrate some sociological and political dimensions. In terms of this book, we have considered the ways in which participation in and the results of collective action complement and expand the notion of capabilities. For example, the complex idea of intimate citizenship, developed by Roseneil et al., is an illustration of what this could entail in terms of reformulation.