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Beyond Western Economics

Remembering Other Economic Cultures

By Trent Schroyer

Routledge – 2009 – 176 pages

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Description

This book combines intellectual history with contemporary events to offer a critique of mainstream economic thought and its neoliberal policy incarnation in global capitalism. The critique operates both theoretically, at the level of metaphysics and the philosophy of science, and concretely, in case studies of globalization and world events.

Trent Schroyer provides a moral and cultural interpretation of modernity and scientism, highlighting their political and economic consequences – but the book’s main purpose is not to criticize. The author moves beyond this to offer alternative "economic cultures," again combining abstract theoretical analysis with concrete case studies of alternative economic formations from local self-sufficiency movements to cooperatives and other anti-capitalist institutional experiments.

These case studies exhibit an impressive range of variation, from first world to third world, from reformist to utopian transformative. Finally, Schroyer links the project to the global justice movement that opposes corporate globalization and eventually links participatory economics and democratic politics to a new image of science as "participatory social learning."

Contents

Introduction: Western Certitudes about Economic Freedom Part One: Critical Histories of Western Economics 1. Idealization of the Self-regulating Market 2. Substantive Social Economics and the Abstractions of Economism 3. Idealizations of Utopian Capitalism Part Two: Other Cultural Visions 4. Illich's Genealogy of Modern Certitudes 5. Gandhi's Truth testing and Spiritual Solidarity Part Three: Alternative Economies 6. Foundations of Economic Cultures 7. Substantive Economic Cultures 8. Regenerative Economics

Author Bio

Trent Schroyer is Professor of Sociology-Philosophy in the School of Social Science and Human Services at Ramapo College. His book, The Critique of Domination has been nominated for a US National Book Award.

Name: Beyond Western Economics: Remembering Other Economic Cultures (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Trent Schroyer. This book combines intellectual history with contemporary events to offer a critique of mainstream economic thought and its neoliberal policy incarnation in global capitalism. The critique operates both theoretically, at the level of metaphysics and the...
Categories: Political Economy, International Political Economy, Political Sociology