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Title Homo economicus. English
Homo economicus : the (lost) prophet of modern times / Daniel Cohen ; translated by Susan Emanuel.
Imprint Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, ©2014.


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Description 1 online resource (155 pages)
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Economic man.
Economic history.
Happiness -- Economic aspects.
Contents Introduction; 1: Gross Domestic Happiness; Lost Time; Divorcing and Ageing; Make Your Own Unhappiness; An Anthropological Monster; Ten Pieces of Advice; 2: Work: A Diminishing Value; Management by Stress; The New Spirit of Capitalism; The New Age of Inequalities; The Hyper-Class; 3: The Decline of Empire; Late Antiquity; Fall of the Western Empire; How the West Became Christian; Are We Rome?; Decline of American Civic Spirit; American Exceptionalism; 4: De-Centring the World; From New York to Shanghai; Rethinking Poverty.
Asia Takes off BadlyOn China; Good-Bye Lenin; Democracy and Capitalism; Homo Politicus; 5: The Great Western Crisis; Sad Globalization; Europe in Distress; De-Industrialization; Planetary Isolation; 6: Darwin's Nightmare; Homo Numericus; Darwin and the Economists; The Selfish Gene; The Genetic Body; 7: The Postmodern Condition; The Late-Modern World; A Postmaterialist Society?; The Spectre of Marx; Healthy Expenditures; Returning to Happiness; Conclusion.
Summary The West has long defined the pursuit of happiness in economic terms but now, in the wake of the 2007-8 financial crisis, it is time to think again about what constitutes our happiness. In this wide-ranging new book, the leading economist Daniel Cohen traces our current malaise back to the rise of homo economicus: for the last 200 years, the modern world has defined happiness in terms of material gain. Homo economicus has cast aside its rivals, homo ethicus and homo empathicus, and spread its neo-Darwinian logic far and wide. Yet, instead of bringing happiness, homo economicus traps.
Other Author Emanuel, Susan.
Other Title Print version: Cohen, Daniel. Homo Economicus. Hoboken : Wiley, 2014 9780745680125