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Who cooked Adam Smith's dinner? : A story about women and economics / Katrine Marçal ; translated from the Swedish by Saskia Vogel.

By: Marçal, Katrine [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Portobello Books, 2015Description: ix, 230 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781846275647 (pbk.); 9781846275661.Uniform titles: Enda könet. English Related works: Marçal, Katrine. Enda könet. Translation of.Subject(s): Capitalism | Feminist economics | Economic man | Self-interest | Economics -- Sociological aspects | Economic man | Economics -- Sociological aspects | Self-interestDDC classification: 330.082 MAR Summary: "How do you get your dinner? That is the basic question of economics. It might seem easy, but it is actually very complicated. When Adam Smith proclaimed that all our actions were motivated by self-interest and the world turned because of financial gain he laid the foundations for 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, 'economic man' has dominated our thinking ever since, 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 not part of our economic models. All over the world, there are economists who believe that if women are paid less, then that's because their labour is worth less. In this engaging, popular look at the mess we're in, Katrine Kielos charts the myth of 'economic man', from its origins at Adam Smith's dinner table to its adaptation by the Chicago School and finally its disastrous role in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis"--Publisher's description.
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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.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-227) and index.

"How do you get your dinner? That is the basic question of economics. It might seem easy, but it is actually very complicated. When Adam Smith proclaimed that all our actions were motivated by self-interest and the world turned because of financial gain he laid the foundations for 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, 'economic man' has dominated our thinking ever since, 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 not part of our economic models. All over the world, there are economists who believe that if women are paid less, then that's because their labour is worth less. In this engaging, popular look at the mess we're in, Katrine Kielos charts the myth of 'economic man', from its origins at Adam Smith's dinner table to its adaptation by the Chicago School and finally its disastrous role in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis"--Publisher's description.

Translated from the Swedish.

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