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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics by Katrine Marcal
  

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics

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It’s time to rethink economics based on the views of Adam Smith and his model of the selfish “Economic Man”. Where was Economic Woman – was she selfishly looking after baby, washing socks and cooking dinner – or was she motivated by something else... like love? It might seem a trivial point but as Katrine Marcal shows discounting all this hidden contribution is dangerous, destabilising and demoralising – it needs to change.

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Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? A Story About Women and Economics by Katrine Marcal

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, economic man has dominated our thinking ever since and his influence has spread from the market to how we shop, work and date. But every night Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that's because their labour is worth less - how could it be otherwise? Economics has told us a story about how the world works and we have swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. Now it's time to change the story. In this courageous look at the mess we're in, Katrine Marcal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

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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30th November 1999

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Katrine Marcal

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9781846275647

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