Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?

A Story About Women and Economics

Book - 2016
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How do you get your dinner? That is the basic question of economics. When economist and philosopher Adam Smith proclaimed that all our actions were motivated by self-interest, he used the example of the baker and the butcher as he laid the foundations for 'economic man.' He argued that the baker and butcher didn't give bread and meat out of the goodness of their hearts. It's an ironic point of view coming from a bachelor who lived with his mother for most of his life -- a woman who cooked his dinner every night.Nevertheless, the economic man has dominated our understanding of modern-day capitalism, with a focus on self-interest and the exclusion of all other motivations. Such a view point disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that's because their labor is worth less. Economics has told us a story about how the world works and we have swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. This story has not served women well. Now it's time to change it.A kind of femininst Freakonomics, Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? 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 -- in a witty and courageous dismantling of one of the biggest myths of our time.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books LLC, 2016.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781681771427
Branch Call Number: 330.082
Characteristics: ix, 230 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Vogel, Saskia - Translator


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May 25, 2017

Economics as it could have been written had women been men, heh heh. Absolutely fascinating, brilliant, educational, and enjoyable. And full of fun as well.

Oct 25, 2016

The first few pages show her dry wit and ironic sense of humour, so far a good read. But by page 160 her writing has degenerated into a simple and tediously prolonged rant. And by page 187 she uses the word should nine times to introduce about 8 paragraphs. IF this is feminism then a string of ad hominem arguments against the straw man, economic man, is not going to get the people to pull together to change what must be changed, and which she fails to detail.


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