An Intersectional Analysis of Capabilities, Conversion Factors and Aspirations

  • Faith Mkwananzi


The chapter demonstrates the interaction of capabilities and conversion factors and details how these two concepts relate to, and interact with, aspirations. The chapter also discusses the aspirations gap as well as the aspirations window and how it plays out for different individuals, thereby creating an awareness of what a complex analysis of aspirations and disadvantage can look like. Using intersectional analysis, Mkwananzi highlights the gendered aspect in aspirations formation, which marks the disparate values and aspirations between young men and women. Finally, the illustration of the role of agency in the interaction of capabilities and conversion factors provides an illustration of the complexity of aspirations formations in an environment with multiple factors.


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  • Faith Mkwananzi
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  1. 1.Higher Education and Human Development Research GroupUniversity of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

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