A road not taken? A brief history of care in economic thought

Davis, J. B. and McMaster, R. (2019) A road not taken? A brief history of care in economic thought. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Care is central to the human experience and part of the social provisioning process. Adam Smith recognized this, associating care with sympathy. Later contributions in the political economy tradition also provide scope for an analysis of care, but none as developed as Smith’s. With the emergence of the current mainstream, care is marginalized. Kenneth Boulding’s analysis provides an opportunity to interrogate care in the economy, but he fails to explicitly acknowledge care. It is left to feminist economics to highlight the centrality of care. An implication is that it challenges the conventional rubric of economic organization predicated on self-interest.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Accepted for Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMaster, Professor Robert
Authors: Davis, J. B., and McMaster, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:European Journal of the History of Economic Thought
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0967-2567
ISSN (Online):1469-5936

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