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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story About Women and Economics Paperback – 5 Mar 2015
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'Polemical and entertaining… and excellently titled' -- Heather Stewart, Economics editor of Observer
'Who cooked Adam Smith's dinner? His mother, of course. From this compelling insight, Katrine Marçal builds her critique of economic man, exposing him for the sham he really is. Erudite, furious, and eminently readable, this book will send a great many economists running for cover' -- Philip Roscoe, author of I Spend, Therefore I am
'Marçal's book is instructive, angry and funny: economic man has met his match' -- Nina Power, author of One Dimensional Woman
'Marçal is right that economics simplifies people. The book isn't short of insights and much of Marçal's analysis is thought provoking' --Prospect
'Witty and perceptive, Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? is a welcome addition to a canon dominated by men. With feminist incisiveness she looks at the mess we're in' --New Internationalist
'In commanding rhetoric punctuated with spiky wit, Katrine Marçal does not seek to yoke every last aspect of our lives to the tyranny of Homo economicus. Rather, she asks why we have fetishised the myth, and suggests that man denuded of his humanity is not such a figure to aspire to after all' --Caroline Criado-Perez, New Statesman
About the Author
KATRINE MARCAL is the lead editorial writer for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, where she writes articles on Swedish and international politics, economics and feminism. On publication in Sweden, Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner was shortlisted for the August Prize and won the Lagercrantzen Award. She lives in London.
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Buy it. ready it. Change your perspective, change your life.
Better yet, buy two copies, give one to your friends to read and give away in turn ... and it just might change the world. Spikey and entertaining, this really does challenge everything you assumed you knew about economics ... and assumed that economists knew about the world.
Its a great read, too.
Overall, a necessary analysis of 'everyday injustice': the unending & lifelong discrimination against 52% of the human population, whose vital contribution goes largely unrecognised and un-valued; and the concept of 'there is only one main gender' plus 'something else (lesser) tacked on' called female.Yet, if all women went on strike the world would grind to an immediate shuddering halt - but that's the point: women DON'T, and WHY. And how this is, at the same time, ignored and exploited.
Some of the phrasing of this book is a bit disjunctive, but with improved syntax editing would be easier/punchier to read.
Will probably appeal largely to those already open to feminist principle, social justice, fairness and equality.....
She calls out the fiction of the ultra-masculine rational economic man. The market is not the same as physics, as economics was pretending from the 1980s on, nor is it a game. It is made up of many moving parts, its parts being complicated humans within a context that economics abstract theory omits. Her notes, references and bibliography are formidable, but it's her wry wit that makes it all work. I particularly enjoyed learning about Adam Smith's mom and a mysterious beloved cousin. And I so appreciate her analysis of work-life balance for Shanesha Taylor, a representative for millions of women. I admire Marcal's work very much.
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