A critique of the Capability Approach’s potential for application to career guidance

Egdell, Valerie and Robertson, Peter J. (2020) A critique of the Capability Approach’s potential for application to career guidance. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. ISSN 0251-2513 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10775-020-09445-0


In this article, we provide a balanced critique of Sen’s Capability Approach (CA) with reference to its potential to inform career guidance theory and practice. There are varying understandings and interpretations of the CA. Some see capabilities as universal, whilst others favour a more relativist view. The CA is also vulnerable to misunderstanding. Critiques based on misunderstanding are easily dismissed, so our focus is on substantive conceptual and practical critiques. Three main challenges are explored: conceptual debates about the nature of freedom and justice; limitations arising from the disciplinary origins of the CA; and challenges in operationalising the CA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Capability Approach; social justice; career guidance; career theory
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 09:35
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2020 08:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44074

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