"Out of the Margin" is the first book to consider feminist concerns across the whole domain of economics. In recent years there has been a tremendous increase in interest on the relation between gender and economics. Feminists have found much of concern in the way the economics has written women out of its history, built its theories around masculinist values, failed to take proper account of women and their work when measuring the economy and ignored most of the policy issues that press most heavily upon women. This book is a firm rejection of this marginalized position.
Including contributions from leading feminist economists from the US and Europe, the book offers a richness of new insights in addressing the absence of women, both as subject and object, in the history of economic thought. "Out of the Margin" also explores the philosophical roots of rational economic man, power relations and conflicts within the family, the limitations of relying on secondary data, the need for new data and research, the policy implications of neo-classical economic models and the need for fundamental research in policy making. With its range and depth of coverage, this is not only an excellent introduction to the field but also indispensible for anyone looking for an in-depth analysis of gender and economics.
Tzannatos"This volume [is one of] only two books that tackle the challenging questions of what constitutes feminist economics. As such, "Out of the Margin will be widely referenced and is an indispensable addition to academic libraries. Contributors successfully convey the scope of the feminist critique of neoclssical economics and begin to develop alternative theoretical constructs upon which economics could be based."
"The pieces in the book are very thought provoking."
-Journal of Economic Issues