Martha Nussbaum and the rise of raunch culture: implications of the capabilities approach in the United States Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Peterman, Melissa R.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • This paper explores the effects of and also the limits to Martha C. Nussbaum's capabilities approach within the United States. Quite often in Nussbaum's work, her universal theory of justice is analyzed only within the context of developing nations, leaving readers to assume that persons living in the Third World are far more oppressed than those living in the West. By examining the capabilities approach, specifically the bodily integrity capability, within a Western context I aim to reveal (1) the corresponding inequalities existing in the U.S.; (2) which highlight Nussbaum's colonialist viewpoint; (3) in order to demonstrate that if issues of injustice are at the heart of Nussbaum's theory, creating hierarchies of oppression present a number of problematics when devising strategies to eradicate inequality.
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