ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Capabilities Approach in the Vernacular: The History in Kerala

The conjoining of capacities and ability, first suggested in missionary and allied discourses, soon became fundamental to the project of Travancorean nationalism in the late 19th century through its unique nationalist developmentalism, and was taken forward by emergent communities in their negotiations with the modernising state. However, even as new avenues were opened through new capabilities, the resources, skills, and dispositions of many lower caste groups were eroded. The abilities offered to them by the state did not often match their valued dispositions, skills and knowledge. At the same time, as Kerala's gender paradox suggests, the provision of abilities to women by the state has, more often than not, exacerbated gender divisions and inequalities.

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