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A contested terrain: Re/conceptualising the well-being of homeworkers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2023

Farah Naz*
University of Sargodha, Pakistan
Dieter Bögenhold
Alpen-Adria-University, Klagenfurt, Austria
Farah Naz, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Sargodha, Sargodha 40100, Punjab, Pakistan. Email:


Disenchantment with traditional income-based measures of well-being has led to the search for alternative measures. Two major alternative measures of well-being come from subjective well-being research and the objective capability approach. The capability approach has been largely discussed in the context of development studies and economics and is mainly used within quantitative frameworks, but it also raises many questions that are worthy of discussion from a sociological perspective as well. This study opts for a qualitative approach to transpose capability approach in order to assess the well-being of female homeworkers in the football industry of Pakistan. The aim of this empirical research is to focus on the capabilities of homeworkers in accessing economic, individual, social and psychological aspects of well-being.

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