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Capability refers to what a person is capable of doing and being. It includes basic capabilities such as being adequately nourished, being comfortably clothed, avoiding escapable mortality and preventable mortality, and to lead a life without shame. Yet, capabilities go beyond a person’s ability to satisfy his or her basic needs, they include any means to be able to lead a life in well-being.
(in "Theorising Inequality and Change")
(in "Livelihood Research Perspective - Assets, Practices, and Wellbeing")
(in "Methodologies and Methods of Livelihoods Research")


Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development is proportionate to the accumulation and reinvestment of profits made in a free market. In a more political sense, capitalism refers to a social system based on the principle of individual rights.
(in "Globalisation Processes B")


Chance of position within a spatial defined system without a change of the main place of residence (tourism, commuting).
(in "Migration")

Civil Society

Civil Society (as used by Hegel and Marx) refers to marked and economic relations (in contrast with the activity of the state); a realm intermediate between the family and the state. More generally the term refers to the realm of wider social relation and public participation, as against the narrower operations of the state or economy.
(in "Sustainable Development")
(in "Development Theories")

Conceptual framework

A set of ideas that are organised to provide a coherent approach to analysing and understanding an issue or problem. The framework organises, clarifies and defines terms and concepts. It also spells out the assumptions and values which underlie the concepts.
(in "Methodologies and Methods of Livelihoods Research ")

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