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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: a story about wom
by Marcal, Katrine

ISBN: 9781925106527
PUBLISHER: Scribe Publications
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 240
PUBLICATION DATE: 22.04.2015
DIMENSIONS: 20.9 x 13.6 x 1.8 centimetres

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A feminist critique of new-liberalism. How do you get your dinner? That is the basic question of economics. It might seem easy, but it is actually very complicated. When economist and philosopher Adam Smith proclaimed that all our actions were motivated by self-interest, and that the world turns because of financial gain, he laid the foundations for 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, economic man has dominated our thinking ever since - he is the ugly, rational heart of modern-day capitalism. But, every night, Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest, but out of love. Even today, the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning, and cooking is no part of our economic models. All over the world, there are economists who believe that if women are paid less, it's because their labour is worth less. In this engaging, popular look at the mess we're in, Katrine Marcal charts the myth of economic man - from its origins at Adam Smith's dinner table, its adaptation by the Chicago School, and its disastrous role in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis - and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all. 'Katrine Marcal compelling critique of 'economic man' exposes him for the sham he really is. This erudite, furious, and eminently readable book will send a great many economists running for cover.' Philip Roscoe, author of I spend, Therefore I Am 'Incisive and witty, Who C

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