Feminist economists have demonstrated that interrogating hierarchies based on gender, ethnicity, class and nation results in an economics that is biased and more faithful to empirical evidence than are mainstream accounts.
This rigorous and comprehensive book examines many of the central philosophical questions and themes in feminist economics including
· History of economics
· Feminist science studies
· Identity and agency
· Caring labor
· Postcolonialism and postmodernism
With contributions from such leading figures as Nancy Folbre, Julie Nelson and Sandra Harding, Toward a Feminist Theory of Economics looks set to become the book on feminist economics for some time to come and will be greatly appreciated by all those interested in gender studies, economic methodology and social theory.
1. Introduction: Sketching the Contours of a Feminist Philosophy of Economics Part I. Re-reading History 2. 'Intro the Margin' 3. Hazel Kyrk and the Ethics of Consumption 4. Feminist Fiction and Feminist Economics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman on Efficiency 5. Beyond Markets: Wage Setting and the Methodology of Feminist Political Economy Part II. Science Stories and Feminist Economics 6. Some Implications of the Feminist Project in Economics for Empirical Methodology 7. Foregrounding Practices: Feminist Philosophy of Economics beyond Rhetoric and Realism 8. After Objectivism versus Relativism 9. How Did the 'moral' get split from the 'Economic'? Part III. Constructing Masculine/Western Identity in Economics 10. The Construction of Masculine Identity in Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments 11. Social Classifications, Social Statistics and the 'Facts' of 'Difference' in Economics 12. A Reading of Neoclassical Economics: Toward an Erotic Economy of Sharing 13. The Anxious Identities we Inhabit Post'isms and Economic Understandings Part IV. Beyond Social Contract: Theorizing Agency and Relatedness 14. Holding Hands at Midnight: The Paradox of Caring Labor 15. Integrating Vulnerability: On the Impact of Caring on Economic Theory 16. An Evolutionary Approach to Feminist Economics: Two Different Models of Caring 17. Domestic Labor and Gender Identity: Are all Women Carers? Part V. Rethinking Categories 18. Empowering Work? Bargaining Models Reconsidered 19. Economic Marginalia: Postcolonial Readings of Unpaid Domestic Labor and Development 20. The Difficulty of a Feminist Economics
Social Theory is experiencing something of a revival within economics. Critical analyses of the particular nature of the subject matter of social studies and of the types of method, categories and modes of explanation that can legitimately be endorsed for the scientific study of social objects, are re-emerging. Economists are again addressing such issues as the relationship between agency and structure, between economy and the rest of society, and between the enquirer and the object of enquiry. There is a renewed interest in elaborating basic categories such as causation, competition, culture, discrimination, evolution, money, need, order, organization, power probability, process, rationality, technology, time, truth, uncertainty, value etc.
The objective for this series is to facilitate this revival further. In contemporary economics the label “theory” has been appropriated by a group that confines itself to largely asocial, ahistorical, mathematical “modelling”. Economics as Social Theory thus reclaims the “Theory” label, offering a platform for alternative rigorous, but broader and more critical conceptions of theorizing.