- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (7 Jan. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846275660
- ISBN-13: 978-1846275661
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story About Women and Economics Paperback – 7 Jan 2016
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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The fact that Margaret Douglas cooked Adam Smith's dinner, and yet Smith ascribed precisely zero economic value to her work, is Marcal's starting point for a wholly original and brilliantly-written feminist critique of classical, neo-classical and neoliberal economics, and their blinkered and implicitly patriarchal worldviews, which see self-interest and competition as the keys that can unlock a full and complete understanding of how the world really works. But how, Marcal pointedly asks, can these economic theories ever hope to account for the whole of human activity when they are blind to what half the population is doing half of the time?
What makes Marcal's book such a joy to read is the cool, lucid intelligence and bone-dry wit with which she calmly dismantles the whole intellectual superstructure of classical economic theory.Read more ›
This book should do it with facts and humour and more humour.
The title is based around economist Adam Smith and one of his claims about self-interest and the “economic man” whilst forgetting that often it was “economic woman” doing the work, providing the womanpower (sic) and supporting the male machine at the same time. Yet this is not a barbed, sour-faced book that goes overboard on equality and feminist issues; it is cleverer than that and you can, after all, catch more flies with sugar than salt…
This is more than just a book about economics. It mixes so many disciplines together and makes for an excellent read. This could be an ideal “commuting companion” when you want to mix light-relief and learn something at the same time. It will have you certainly thinking, unless you have a mind of concrete. Despite it being a light-read, it is not a humour book and the content is of a high calibre and standard. Some of the reported information may shock you and even sadden you.
Ignore it at your peril! Buy it at your earliest convenience! Read it, learn it and share its contents!
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.
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.....
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there is no fury like a woman scorned - enjoy the justified fury through hard core economics in the company of a very clever mind!Published 1 month ago by cherstinne
MUST read. It's horribly, wonderfully thought-provoking and provoking generally. Complete challenge to the public discourse.
Buy it. ready it. Read more
Such an elegant clever to-the-point book. You would think that would have thought it would be obvious that 'work' needs to be considered together with the infrastructure and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sara A. C. Meadows
This book purports to be about women and economics, but it's about so much more. A book I (who knows nothing about economics, save how to use her ATM card) thoroughly enjoyed. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lady Scribbles