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Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas by Nancy Folbre

Published By: Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-923842-2
Date of Publication: 2009


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Reviewed by: Barbara R. Bergmann of American University
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.49.3.719.r2
Review Pages: 722-24

Book Review Abstract

Barbara R. Bergmann of American University reviews "Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas" by Nancy Folbre. The EconLit Abstract of the reviewed work begins "Explores how intersections between gender, vice, and virtue help to explain the moral regulation of economic life and the process of economic growth itself, focusing on debates over greed and lust in Britain, France, and the United States over three centuries of capitalist development. Discusses the eye of the needle; the springs of desire; defining virtues; free trade but not free love; the limits of affection; the perfectibility of man; the greatest happiness; self-love, triumphant; production and reproduction; whose wealth?; the social family; equal opportunities; the subjection of women; declaring independence; the icy waters; the sacred sphere; the unproductive housewife; the nanny state; human capitalism; and beyond economic man. Folbre is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Bibliography; index."


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Barbara R. Bergmann of American University


JEL Classifications

A13: Relation of Economics to Social Values
B10: History of Thought through 1925: General
B20: History of Thought since 1925: General
J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
N30: Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Religion, and Wealth: General, International, or Comparative
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology


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