ERIC Number: EJ1064049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing a Dual-Level Capabilities Approach: Using Constructivist Grounded Theory and Feminist Ethnography to Enhance the Capabilities Approaches
Hall, Kia M. Q.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v8 n3 p128-143 2014
In this study, a dual-level capabilities approach to development is introduced. This approach intends to improve upon individual-focused capabilities approaches developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum. Based upon seven months of ethnographic research in the Afro-descendant, autochthonous Garifuna community of Honduras, constructivist grounded theory methodology is used to develop a dual-level capabilities approach, inclusive of collective and individual capabilities. The makers of ereba, or cassava bread, are the focus of this study, which describes the ereba-education cycle as interlocking collective capabilities that demonstrate the interdependence of village ereba makers and urban students. The dual-level capabilities approach was developed in dialogue with Garifuna villagers, and with a feminist epistemology that centers the discussion of Garifuna development around the women who bake ereba. Thus, this research study examines how the grassroots development work of Garifuna women can be understood in terms of collective capabilities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Individual Development, Constructivism (Learning), Grounded Theory, Feminism, Ethnography, Competence, Epistemology, African Americans, Females, Cooperative Learning, Community Involvement, Observation, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Honduras