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Professor Banerjee and Jeri Damman's Article Accepted for Publication in the Journal of Poverty

Monday, October 15, 2012

“The Capabilities Approach: A Framework to Understand and Enhance TANF Recipients’ Employability” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Poverty and will be published in the middle of 2013. KU professor Mahasweta Banerjee and Jeri Damman, Ph.D. student, are co-authors on the article.

This paper reviews the capabilities approach (Nussbaum, 2001; Sen,1999) to understand the life circumstances, which affect the employability of “hard-to-employ” welfare (TANF) recipients. It reports research findings related to TANF recipients’ employment, and presents key elements of the capabilities approach. It compares and contrasts functionings that impede and enhance TANF recipients’ employment. It finds that employability is influenced by seven of the ten core functioning capabilities identified by Nussbaum. It recommendssocial workers assess and enhance TANF recipients’ employability by addressing all these seven functionings as appropriate with particular emphasis on practical reason, affiliation, and control over environment.

Dr. Banerjee and Damman will be presenting at the CSWE APM Conference on November 12, 2012. The title of the presentation is “The Capabilities Approach: A Lens to Assess and Improve TANF Recipients’ Lives.” Damman is the first author on the presentation.

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