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Social Contracts and Economic Markets - Judith R. Blau

Social Contracts and Economic Markets

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1993
ISBN: 9780306443916
Number Of Pages: 218

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The thesis of this book is that people enter into social contracts because they are different from one another and have incentives to cooperate. In economic life, people have identical interests--namely, their own se- interests--so they have an incentive to compete. The social worlds that we create, or map, and those that are already mapped for us are increasingly complex, and thus the tracking of rationality is not so straightforward, although it is everywhere evident. In a sense, this book grew out of two questions: Why hasn't the United States had a second revolution? Or is the revolution yet to come? Many have discussed the current crises that confront contemporary society, such as great economic inequalities, poverty, the declining quality of jobs, the growing power of corporate elites, and racial antago- nisms. I attempt to understand these problems in terms of the radical restructuring of social life by economic and spatial forces. My specula- tive thesis is that social organizations must reinforce social contracts and nurture the opportunities for them to be forged. However, contemporary organizations, particularly economic ones, have internalized the princi- ples of economic markets, thereby inducing competition and easing out cooperation. In defining social contracts, I draw from Rousseau and also from Marx and his analysis of use value. One hopes that new organiza- tional forms based on principles of democracy and community will evolve. In a diverse, multicultural society, this requires great mutual understanding and cooperation and the recognition of differences.

Reflexivity and Social Science
Tumbling Towards Two Thousand
Competition and Cooperation
Civility of Ordinary Life
Whence Come Opportunities? Economy, Place, and Culture
The Wherewithal of Social Class
The Firm and Its Contradictions
Worlds of Fashion, Lives of Leisure
The Micrometrics of Morals and the Macrometrics of Ethics
Rights, Goods, and Welfare
Index
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ISBN: 9780306443916
ISBN-10: 0306443910
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 30th June 1993
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.51

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