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The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics (Bk Currents)by Riane Eisler
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In this powerful book, eminent social scientist Riane Eisler, author of the mega-bestseller The Chalice and the Blade, shows that the great problems of our time — such as poverty, inequality, war, terrorism, and environmental degradation — are due largely to flawed economic systems that set the wrong priorities and misallocate resources. Conventional economic models fail to value and support the most essential human work — caring and caregiving — so basic human needs are increasingly neglected, despair and ecological destruction escalate, and the resulting social tensions fuel many of the conflicts we face today.
Eisler offers a bold reformulation: a caring economics that transcends traditional categories like capitalist and socialist and offers enormous economic and social benefits. She describes how to put this model into practice through new government and business policies and practices, innovative economic indicators that incorporate caregiving activities, and new social structures. And she lays out practical steps we can take to move towards a society based on this more humane economic model.
The Real Wealth of Nations is a bold and insightful look at how to create a society in which everyone can achieve the full measure of their humanity.
"Accomplished feminist social theorist and activist Eisler follows up her 1987 international bestseller The Chalice and the Blade with an inquiry into the nature and causes of 'the real wealth of nations' in a contrarian work of grand economic theory. She begins with her original thesis: that we inherit and inhabit a personal and social world that masculinity has built by consistently devaluing and subordinating the feminine. Pointing out the socially and ecologically destructive flaws inherent in both capitalist and socialist economies, she then asserts that our emerging global society needs a new story of what human nature and economics are and can be. For Eisler, economies are social inventions imbedded in larger social systems. She offers a clearly written and compelling account of how the masculine 'dominator' mentality brought us to our present juncture, and how a feminine 'partnership' mentality can help us redefine key concepts such as 'value' and 'needs.' Citing the most recent economic data and offering numerous relevant examples of places where efforts to practice a caring economics have succeeded both in preindustrial and modern societies, such as the Nordic nations, the book is ambitious in breadth, depth and scope. Eisler delivers another impressive work that's remarkably well referenced, well argued, insightful and hopeful. (Apr.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Eisler makes sure to point out that she is not a trained economist and does not use any conventional economic methods or terms. She does not shy away from using subjective language, e.g., referring to current economic models as evil." Library Journal
"Eisler precisely maps her detailed vision of a caring economy and diligently supports her concept with a fascinating spectrum of information and analysis of everything from how little we value child care to the true cost of war and pollution." Booklist
Book News Annotation:
Having gained some reknown for her analysis of the origins of patriarchic power in The Chalice and the Blade, Eisler (president, Center for Partnership Studies) here turns her attention to economic power. Instead of conventional models, she advocates for a "caring economics" that rests on five foundations: recognition of the life-supporting activities of households, communities, and nature; cultural beliefs and institutions that value caring and care- giving; caring economic rules, policies, and practices; inclusive and accurate economic indicators; and economic and social structures that support partnership rather than domination. She seeks to demonstrate how this caring economics combines the best elements of capitalism and socialism but is superior to old capitalist, socialist, communist, and anarchist models. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In this powerful book, eminent social scientist and bestselling author Eisler shows that the great problems of our time are due largely to flawed economic systems. In response, she offers a bold look at how to create a society in which everyone can achieve the full measure of their humanity.
Bestselling author Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade, which has sold more than 500,000 copies sold) shows that at the root of all of society's big problems is the fact that we don?t value what matters. She then presents a radical reformulation of economics priorities focused on activities of caring and caregiving at the individual, organizational, societal, and environmental levels.
About the Author
Eisler is a pioneer in women's rights. She is an honor graduate from the UCLA School of Law. She founded the Los Angeles Women's Center Legal Program, accredited by the University of Southern California School of Law.
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