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Feminism, Objectivity and Economics : Economics As Social Theory - Julie Nelson

Feminism, Objectivity and Economics

Economics As Social Theory

Paperback Published: 7th December 1995
ISBN: 9780415133371
Number Of Pages: 192

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"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.

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"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

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. xi
Theory, Feminist and Economicp. 1
Thinking about Gender and Valuep. 3
Gender and Economicsp. 20
What about Objectivity?p. 39
Applicationsp. 49
Value-Free or Valueless?p. 51
Towards a Feminist Theory of the Familyp. 60
Household Equivalence Scales: Theory Vs. Policy?p. 78
Feminist Theory and the Income Taxp. 97
Appendixp. 116
Feminist Economics, Empirical Economics, and Macroeconomicsp. 118
Specific Defensesp. 129
To Economists: Why Feminist?p. 131
To Feminists: How Feminist?p. 140
Epiloguep. 150
Bibliographyp. 152
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780415133371
ISBN-10: 0415133378
Series: Economics As Social Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 7th December 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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