The Role of Personal Identity in Human Development
Ilaria Schnyder von Wartensee (),
Gabriella Berloffa () and
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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 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)
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