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Who cooked Adam Smith's dinner? : a story about women and economics

Author: Katrine Marçal; Saskia Vogel
Publisher: Brunswick, Victoria, Scribe Publications, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and that the world turns because of financial gain, he brought to life 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, economic man has dominated our thinking ever since, and his influence has spread from the market  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katrine Marçal; Saskia Vogel
ISBN: 9781925106527 1925106527
OCLC Number: 891307035
Language Note: Translated from the Swedish.
Notes: Originally published (without the introduction and epilogue) in Swedish as: Det enda könet: varför du är förförd av den ekonomiske mannen och hur det förstör ditt liv och värdsekonomin, by Albert Bonniers Förlag in 2012.
Description: ix, 230 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Enda könet.
Responsibility: Katrine Marçal ; translated from the Swedish by Saskia Vogel.

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It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and that the world turns because of financial gain, he brought to life 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, economic man has dominated our thinking ever since, and his influence has spread from the market to how we shop, work, and date. But every night Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner - not out of self-interest, but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning, and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, that's because their labour is worth less. How could it be otherwise? Economics has told us a story about how the world works, and we have swallowed it - hook, line, and sinker. Now it's time to change the story. In this courageous look at the mess we're in, Katrine Marcal tackles the biggest myth of our time, and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

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