Robinson Crusoe's Economic Man: A Construction and Deconstruction

Robinson Crusoe's Economic Man: A Construction and Deconstruction


In this e-book, economists and literary students study the makes use of to which the Robinson Crusoe determine has been placed via the economics self-discipline because the book of Defoe’s novel in 1719. The authors’ severe readings of 2 centuries of texts that experience made use of Robinson Crusoe undermine the pervasive trust of mainstream economics that Robinson Crusoe is a benign consultant of financial company, and that he, like different financial brokers, may be understood independently of old and cultural specificity.

The booklet presents a close account of the looks of Robinson Crusoe within the economics literature and in a plethora of recent economics texts, during which, for instance, we discover Crusoe is portrayed as a schizophrenic consumer/producer attempting to maximize his own wellbeing and fitness. utilizing poststructuralist, feminist, postcolonial, Marxist and literary feedback ways, the authors of the fourteen chapters during this quantity study and critique a few of the private, primary assumptions neoclassical economics carry approximately human nature; the political economic system of colonization; overseas alternate; and the pervasive gendered association of social family members.

The individuals to this quantity will be visible as accomplishing the rising dialog among economists and literary students often called the recent financial feedback. they provide special views on how the economic system and fiscal notion should be learn via diversified disciplinary lenses. Economists concentrate on rhetoric and metaphor deployed in economics, and literary students have stumbled on new parts to discover and comprehend by means of concentrating on financial ideas and vocabulary encountered in literary texts.

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