"Feminism, Objectivity and Economics" analyzes the gender biases implicit in the definition of economics, and the discipline's methods and models. The emphasis on questions of choice and markets, on mathematical methods, and on models based on individual, rational actions reflect a way of conceptualizing the world which has a distinctly masculine slant.
"Feminism, Objectivity and Economics" extends feminist analysis of the influence of masculine norms on Western science to the specific case of economics. Julie A. Nelson, a leader in the field of feminist economics, both evaluates the core models of neoclassical economics, and presents case studies on topics including the theory of the family, income tax policy, and macroeconomics. She does not simply berate economists for the discipline's failings--she explicitly rejects the alternatives of setting up an economics solely for women or for "women's issues." Rather, she presents the outlines of a less gender-biased discipline which would be richer, more useful and more objective. She argues that a discipline informed by feminist theory would be an improved one, for all practitioners and all subjects.
"Nelson brings some of the most intriguing insights of two decades of feminism thoery to bear on Rational Man, the invisibility of women's economic production, scientistic methodologies, ineffectual standards for maximizing objectivity, and other problematic aspects of contemporary economic theorizing. This book makes an important contribution to the current flourishing of this bold new field of feminist researchers and scholars in many disciplines and in economic policy."
-Sandra Harding, University of California, Los Angeles
..." found "Feminism, Objectivity, and Economics stimulating and intriguing."
-"Industrial and Labor Relations Review, May 12, 1998
Series: Economics As Social Theory
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 7th December 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1