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The company of strangers : a natural history of economic life

Author: Paul Seabright
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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Showing us the strangeness, and fragility, of our everyday lives, this book includes a chapter that analyzes how the rise and fall of social trust explain the unsustainable boom in the global economy  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Seabright, Paul.
Company of strangers.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009049522
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Seabright
OCLC Number: 649914487
Awards: Shortlisted for British Academy Book Prize 2004.
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 376 pages)
Contents: Foreword xi Acknowledgments xv Trust and Panic: Introduction to the Revised Edition 1 Part I: Tunnel Vision 15 Chapter 1: Who's in Charge? 17 Prologue to Part II 33 Part II: From Murderous Apes to Honorary Friends: How Is Human Cooperation Possible? 35 Chapter 2: Man and the Risks of Nature 37 Chapter 3: Our Violent Past 55 Chapter 4: How Have We Tamed Our Violent Instincts? 65 Chapter 5: How Did the Social Emotions Evolve? 80 Chapter 6: Money and Human Relationships 91 Chapter 7: Honor among Thieves: Hoarding and Stealing 106 Chapter 8: Honor among Bankers? What Caused the Financial Crisis? 116 Chapter 9: Professionalism and Fulfillment in Work and War 134 Epilogue to Parts I and II 147 Prologue to Part III 151 Part III: Unintended Consequences: From Family Bands to Industrial Cities 155 Chapter 10: The City, from Ancient Athens to Modern Manhattan 157 Chapter 11: Water: Commodity or Social Institution? 172 Chapter 12: Prices for Everything? 186 Chapter 13: Families and Firms 204 Chapter 14: Knowledge and Symbolism 226 Chapter 15: Exclusion: Unemployment, Poverty, and Illness 244 Epilogue to Part III 263 Prologue to Part IV 265 Part IV: Collective Action: From Belligerent States to a Marketplace of Nations 269 Chapter 16: States and Empires 271 Chapter 17: Globalization and Political Action 288 Chapter 18: Conclusion: How Fragile Is the Great Experiment? 302 Notes 317 References 343 Index 365
Responsibility: Paul Seabright ; foreword by Daniel C. Dennett.

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