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Hart, C.F. (2016)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Languages: English
Types: Article
This paper explores the complex roles of aspirations in relation to human\ud development, drawing upon the capability approach. The paper examines the\ud notion of feasibility of aspirations and the impact feasibility judgements have on\ud aspiration formation and aspiration realisation, in terms of both capabilities and\ud functionings. In particular this paper extends existing theory by building on\ud Hart’s (2004, 2012) dynamic multi-dimensional model of aspiration and Hart’s\ud (2012) aspiration set. The theorization builds on empirical work, undertaken in\ud the UK, seeking to understand pupil’s aspirations on leaving school and college at\ud age 17-19 as well as reviewing wider empirical and theoretical literature in this\ud field. The discussion contributes to capability theory by extending\ud understanding regarding first, the way that aspirations are connected to\ud capabilities and functionings, secondly, the processes by which aspirations are\ud converted into capabilities and thirdly, how certain capabilities become\ud functionings. The paper reflects on the criteria that inform choices about the\ud cultivation and selection of different aspirations on individual and collective\ud bases. )n concluding the paper the question of ‘how do aspirations matter?’ is\ud addressed. Ultimately an argument is made for the need to ‘reclaim’ a rich\ud multi-dimensional concept of aspiration in order to pursue human development\ud and flourishing for all.\ud
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