Understanding Social Exclusion in a longitudinal perspective, A Capability based Approach

Peruzzi, Agnese (2012). "Understanding Social Exclusion in a longitudinal perspective, A Capability based Approach" Paper presented at the 9th annual conference of the HDCA, 5-7 September 2012, Jakarta, Indonesia.

This paper aims at proposing a coherent and operational framework, based on Amartya Sen’ s Capability Approach (CA), able to interpret the phenomenon of mid-life social exclusion (SE) in a more comprehensive manner. For this purpose, a longitudinal perspective based on life-stages is adopted. The latter would improve our understanding on the ways through which social inequality and lifecourse transmission of disadvantages affect mid-life SE. The relevance of this paper for the on-going debate on SE is threefold. First, it elucidates the added value of a capability-based assessment of the processes entailing SE and it provides an analytical framework for re-conceptualizing them using the CA as the reference theory. Second, it suggests a strategy for the identification of the relevant dimensions that should be included for assessing mid-life SE. Third; it applies a quantitative technique based on latent variable approaches, which, so far, has been used for analysing SE only in a partial way. To this end, the 1970 British Cohort Study is used to derive empirical indicators and confirmatory factor analysis technique (CFA) to quantify each construct under examination.
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