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The Role of Personal Identity in Human Development

Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee (), Elizabeth Hlabse, Gabriella Berloffa () and Giuseppe Folloni
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Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee: University of Notre Dame
Elizabeth Hlabse: University of Notre Dame
Giuseppe Folloni: University of Trento

The European Journal of Development Research, 2019, vol. 31, issue 3, No 6, 479 pages

Abstract: Abstract Contributing to the capability and human development literature, this article suggests that personal identity—defined as a person’s recognition of her value—is the crucial element for local actors’ agency. We report the results of a qualitative study in Kampala, Uganda, which examines the experience of a grassroots development organisation in promoting health and wellbeing among vulnerable people. Findings show that personal identity has served to catalyse local actors’ agency, becoming the basis for a constructive and lasting transformation of the study group’s socioeconomic circumstances. In light of these findings, we discuss the potential for the experience to be translated across other development contexts.

Keywords: Agency; Capability approach; Human development; Personal identity; Uganda (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1057/s41287-018-0163-2

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