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Economics for Humans

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At its core, an economy is about providing goods and services for human well-being. But many economists and critics preach that an economy is something far different: a cold and heartless system that operates outside of human control. In this impassioned and perceptive work, Julie A. Nelson asks a compelling question: If our economic world is something that we as humans cr ...more
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published October 2nd 2006 by University of Chicago Press (first published 2006)
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Brian Gladish
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it

This book was offered as a free eBook from the University of Chicago, and I thought I would give it a chance (I made it through chapter 1 and some spot reading). If you are a student of Austrian economics you will immediately recognize that the author is off on a value-laden tack that will add nothing to your knowledge of how the world works. The following is an example:

So how are human bodies actually doing in contemporary capitalist societies? Examining the evidence, you can find much that cal
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economy
Hani bir konuda bütün bildiklerinizi yeniden gözden geçirmenize neden olan bir kitap okursunuz ya. İşte Julie Nelson'un kitabı öyle bir kitap. Son yıllarda okuduğum en güzel ekonomi kitaplarından birisi diyebilirim. Feminist ideoloji ile ekonominin ve temel ekonomi kavramlarının yeniden yorumu. Kitabı hem ilk çıktığı ay, hem de bu yıl yeniden okudum. Şiddetle tavsiye ederim. ...more
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very short, very succinct, but very enlightening perspective on economics. Nelson rejects the classical economic model of the economy as a machine, which is accepted by both pro- and anti-market partisans, and which prevents any substantive discussion of the economy. She shows how this model is not based on any real world data, but merely on the assumptions of neo-classical economists. Nelson offers an alternative metaphor/model: that of the heart. This model integrates both the need for mater ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Concise, accessible, and well-argued case for rethinking economics. Central to Nelson's book is a criticism of the mechanistic metaphors at the heart of neoclassical economics. She traces the origin and consequences of the metaphors and offers an alternative metaphor of the "beating heart." She argues that values should not be treated as a separate sphere from economics, and their separation creates the stilted view of human nature & behavior common in economics. ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is a highly accessible look at economics from the social standpoint. It has the basics of economics covered and then throws in the affects the economy has on everyday society.

The ear of reading it, helps covey the message, and also makes this a fast and creative read.
Simge Perçin
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a brief and fresh point of view about economy. Auther searchs different ways to see todays big corporate companies.
Çok iyi bir felsefi altyapıya sahip olduğunu düşünüyorum. Ekonomi bilgimin artmasıyla beraber tekrar okuyacağım kitapların başında kendisi. Kapak tasarımı mükemmeldi.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Brief and essential. A discussion from the center by an economist who can articulate the middle ground between Smith and Marx.
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