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Such studies are the exception rather than the rule. One might add seminal contributions from political economy, including John Stuart Mill’s (1861) Utilitarianism and Marxist inspired notions of ‘false consciousness’. On this, see Chapter 2 in this volume and the discussion between Qizilbash (2006a) and Sen (2006). 2) and the World Bank’s (2011) current list of developing nations, which consists of any country that falls into the low or middle-income category. The developing countries included in Diener and Oishi’s sample are Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, South Africa and Turkey.
5 Content and Structure of the Book This book is divided into three parts which sometimes overlap. Part 1 is concerned mostly with conceptual and theoretical issues relating to adaptation and the corresponding implications for development broadly construed. Part 2 focuses on empirical analyses of adaptation in developing countries through three prominent case studies which cover China, South Africa and India. 23 All three parts relate the discussion to development policy and practice. 1 Conceptual and theoretical issues Part 1 considers adaptation in relation to two fundamentally different frameworks for thinking about human well-being and development: Classical Utilitarianism which has its origins in Jeremy Bentham’s writings on happiness and the Capability Approach pioneered by the Nobel prize-winning economist and philosopher, Amartya K.
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