A reevaluation of positional objectivity for social justice assessment

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The ultimate goal of my research is to contribute to well-being and social justice evaluation in a multicultural context on the basis of the Capability Approach. This implies a reflection on how to conciliate universal democratic ideals with concrete social inequalities, i.e. non-relativistic stance with pluralism and individual singularities. I will address this issue through a study on objectivity: from "the view from nowhere" to "positional objectivity", i.e. objectivity permeable to pluralism and open to diversity. I will enrich the idea of positional objectivity with insights from intersectionality and standpoint theory. The enriched conception of objectivity will allow to reflect on decision making procedures within development projects. In that sense, it will be able to tackle "objective illusions" and "adaptative preferences". It will endorse plurality whilst painting a certain dimension of objectivity, thus avoiding relativism. I will implement the theoretical framework and decision making procedure in a development project among indigenous farming communities in the Philippine uplands.
Short titlepositional objectivity
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/18


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