Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story About Women and Economics (Paperback)
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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story About Women and Economics (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 240 Pages
Published: 07/01/2016
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Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics, believed that our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain. But every night Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love.Today, economics focuses on self-interest and excludes our other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking and its influence has spread from the market to how we shop, think and date. In this engaging takedown of the economics that has failed us, Katrine Marçal journeys from Adam Smith's dinner table to the recent financial crisis and shows us how different, how much better, things could be.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781846275661
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 173 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm


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[A] spirited and witty manifesto... In commanding rhetoric punctuated with spiky wit... 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

Polemical and entertaining - Observer

Smart, funny and readable - Margaret Atwood

A welcome addition to a canon dominated by men. With feminist incisiveness [Marçal] looks at the mess we're in. Witty and perceptive - Vanessa Baird, New Internationalist

Economics through a wholly different prism - challenging and illuminating - Will Hutton, author, Them and Us

Incisive and witty, Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? seeks to restore a sense of humanity, empathy and care to our picture of economic and gender relations. Katrine Marçal's book is instructive, angry and funny: economic man has met his match - Nina Power, author, One Dimensional Woman

[A] wise critique of current economics - Lesley McDowell, Sunday Herald

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, I Spend Therefore I Am

Required reading for everyone on the left... buy it as a pledge to change the world - Caroline Criado-Perez, author, Do It Like A Woman

Thought provoking - Jessica Abrahams, Prospect

The book skewers "economic man" [...] with admirable wit and lightness of touch - Nick Spencer, Tablet

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