Book 2 of 52 for 2012
Read in the car from Muhuru to Nairobi.
Nussbaum and I have a complicated relationship. I wrote my senior project on her and her strange views of cosmopolitanism, which might as well have been called “why the west should be more aware, and how the ‘other’ should make that happen for us”. Well lets call her new book “how to import western understandings of the individual to the ‘not-west’. Its not that her piece isn’t valid, telling, in many ways amazing, its just that…Its so…Western. She makes the argument that the capabilities approach has been created by many non-western thinkers as well, but ultimately I still think its a very ivory twoer approach. And the westernization of the development complex is one of the main reasons development continues to be a failure.
I’d still give it 4 out of 5 stars though, because it least it is better than most pieces of development literature.