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Scarcity and Modernity

1st Edition

By Nicholas Xenos


130 pages

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Originally published in 1989. In this book Nicholas Xenos argues that the assumption that scarcity is a universal human condition is far from universal but rather a product of western influence. Informed by the work of Baudrillard, Bourdieu, Girard, and Sahlins, this historical narrative of scarcity incorporates interpretations of texts and practices from eighteenth-century London to contemporary New York. Lucid and elegant in style, Scarcity and Modernity will appear to those with interests in social and political thought and cultural criticism.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Inventing Scarcity 2. The Promise of Abundance 3. Economizing 4. Consuming; Conclusion; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1972 and 2000, draw together research by leading academics in the area of environmental and natural resource economics, and provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine pollution control and policy, and renewable and non-renewable resource economics, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of environmental economics in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of economics and geography.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Natural Resource Extraction
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics