Women and the Economy: A Reader
by Ellen Mutari (Editor), Deborah M. Figart (Editor) (M.E.
Sharpe) The primary audiences for this reader are undergraduate and graduate
students in a variety of majors and degree programs. Designed as a primary or
supplementary text for the growing number of courses offered on women’s roles in
Women and the Economy provides both heterodox and
interdisciplinary approaches to the literature. It showcases feminist economic
analyses that apply insights from institutionalism as well as neoclassical
Though the majority of
chapters are reprinted from journals in economics, for accessibility, the
objective of the reader has been to minimize the technical content of the
reading thorough adaptation of the original articles, without sacrificing the
intent and argument of the author’s published versions. The editors, Assistant
Professor and Professor at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, have
shortened lengthy articles, eliminating endnotes and footnotes and cutting or
adapting tables and figures that were not central to the arguments. The
economics chapters are supplemented with contributions by authors from gender
studies, sociology, demography, history, philosophy, policy, planning, business
studies, and advocacy groups. Newer pieces provide fresh and innovative
perspectives, augmented by some classics in the field.
Each section contains
an introduction with background material, key terms, discussion questions,
exercises, and further readings. The exercises were pilot-tested in a workshop
and reworked using the feedback received.
Readers will profit from the clear
organization and thoughtful editorial commentary.
All in all,
Women and the Economy
does a good job of examining gender in the context
of race/ethnicity and class
Liberty, Virtue, and Happiness: The Story of Economic Freedom in America
by Edward W. Ryan (Nova Science) As we enter the third millennium, and
as so many search for solutions to contemporary problems, wisdom
suggests that we step back and examine the evolution of the idea and
practice of economic freedom. This volume, addressed to the general
reader, provides an historical perspective that develops the vital
relationship between economic freedom in America and other liberties,
and it combines economics with history, political science, philosophy,
and theology. Along the way, it emphasizes the importance of classical,
religious, and commercial virtues in securing all of our freedoms, and
it analyzes the interconnections between liberty, virtue, wealth, and
happiness. This is α book that shows how we might obtain α society where
prosperity and true happiness reign.
Freedom assumes many forms and, without doubt, these overlap and impinge one another. However, for purposes of simplicity, this discussion employs a tripartite classification: personal freedom, political or civic freedom, and economic freedom.
Personal freedom includes the freedoms of speech, worship, thought and association. Essentially, it means the liberty to live your life according to the dictates of your conscience as you strive to achieve various personal goals. Three forms of economic organization present themselves: command, tradition and free markets.
A market economy - also known as capitalism - has shown itself to be by far, the most successful mechanism. A market economy is based on the tenets of economic freedom which, subject to the constraints of the proper function of government, and in its pure form means the liberty to enter any occupation, start any business, produce any good or offer any service and charge any price, operate the enterprise in the manner that one chooses This book discusses our quest for freedom from Colonial America, the Civil War to modern economic and social freedom and how it has affected us.
Contents: Chapter 1: The Idea of Economic Freedom; PART I: THE QUEST FOR FREEDOM; Chapter 2: Economic Freedom in Colonial America; Chapter 3: The Great American War for Freedom and Independence; Chapter 4: 1776-Political Freedom: The Declaration of Independence; Chapter 5: 1776-Economic Freedom: Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations; Chapter 6: Victory and its Aftermath; Chapter 7: The United States Constitution: Political Freedom; Chapter 8: The United States Constitution: Economic Freedom; PART II: FREE MARKETS, FREE PEOPLE, AND THE STATE; Chapter 9: Free Markets in Action: The People; Chapter 10: Free Markets in Actions: The Results; Chapter 11: Economic Freedom and the State 1; Chapter 12: Economic Freedom and the State II; PART III: ECONOMIC FREEDOM: HAPPINESS AND VIRTUE; Chapter 13: Economic Freedom: Happiness and Virtue 1: Philosophy and Religion; Chapter 14: Economic Freedom: Happiness and Virtue 11: The American Experience; Conclusion.
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