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The Market Experience (Paperback)
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The Market Experience (Paperback)

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Paperback 644 Pages / Published: 30/08/1991
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In a period when market economics are widely recognised as the most desirable form of economic organisation, Robert Lane offers evidence that the major premises of market economics are mistaken. Lane shows that work, far from being a disutility, as economic theory would have it, is instead one of two major sources of lifetime satisfaction, and that money income, despite being a source of utility that compensates a person for his or her sacrifices at work, contributes very little to a sense of well-being. This reversal of the premises of market economics suggests a major, axial shift in the way we think about our economies.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521407373
Number of pages: 644
Weight: 890 g
Dimensions: 233 x 152 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This will surely be one of the most important social science books of the 1990s and beyond. It bridges the social sciences with the ease and confidence only a mature scholar, at the top of his career and intellectual power, can accomplish ... Lane writes clearly and powerfully and in terms we all can relate to. He is exceptionally erudite and he draws on, cites, and commands an incredible array of literature.' Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University
"This will surely be one of the most important social science books of the 1990s and beyond. It bridges the social sciences with the ease and confidence only a mature scholar, at the top of his career and intellectual power, can accomplish...Lane writes clearly and powerfully and in terms we all can relate to. He is exceptionally erudite and he draws on, cites, and commands an incredible array of literature." Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University
"Eighteen years in the making and over 600 thickly annotated pages long, Roert Lane's monumental book is a unique and admirable achievement." Contemporary Sociology
"It provides an extremely impressive survey of the material, covering a psychological assessment of cognition, rationality, wage payments, social relations, and so on, all in a market context....In sum, this is an important and stimulating book." Geoff Hodgson, The Journal of Economic Issues
"In all seriousness, this is an extraordinary book in many ways. First, the sweep of its claims is breathtakingly broad and important: they will indeed revolutionize social science and social policy if given the attention they deserve. Second, an array of detailed analyses of social science literatures is brought to bear on the question of what actually happens as people experience the market. Lane analyzes hundreds of psychological experiments, opinion surveys, social theories, and philosophical treatises in the work of examining topics ranging from the meaning of rationality to the meaning of happiness, from the social role of money to the possibility of friendship. His ability to link these narrowly focused studies of particular locales to sweeping generalizations about human nature--and to do so most persuasively--is yet another extraordinary feature of The Market Experience." Jennifer L. Hochschild, American Political Science Review
"Lane has produced a most perceptive intellectual analysis of a major socioeconomic problem. He has raised highly significant questions about consequential issues and has pursued the scholarly literature with diligence and sophistication in his search for answers. And while not all readers will agree with his conclusions, few will go away unimpressed with the style and substance of his landmark contribution." Monroe Friedman, Political Psychology

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