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Vital minimum : need, science, and politics in modern France

Author: Dana Simmons
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, cop. 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What constitutes a need? Who gets to decide what people do or do not need? In modern France, scientists, both amateur and professional, were engaged in defining and measuring human needs. These scientists did not trust in a providential economy to distribute the fruits of labor and uphold the social order. Rather, they believed that social organization should be actively directed according to scientific principles.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dana Simmons
ISBN: 9780226251561 022625156X
OCLC Number: 933756436
Description: 1 vol. (243 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: [Contents] 1. Introduction – 2. Subsistence – Pigs on a balance – Scarcity – Bread and meat – Recycling and reproduction – 3. Social Reform – Scale balances – Air rations – Maintenance rations – 4. Family, Race, Type – Welfare and comparative zoology – Family and race – Socialism and statistics – 5. Citizens – Useless mouths, get out! – Meat or bread – 6. Vital Wages – Socialism, statistics, and the iron law – The fever of needs – Vital wages – 7. Science of Man – Biosocial economics – Rationing – The vital minimum wage – The science of man after 1945 – 8. Human Persons – Incompressible needs and the SMIG – Human persons – An impossible standard – 9. Need, Nature, and Society
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What constitutes a need? Who gets to decide what people do or do not need? The author traces the history of this concept, revealing the intersections between technologies of measurement, such as  Read more...

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