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BEYOND HEGEMONIC ECONOMIC MAN: ECONOMIC CRISIS, FEMINIST ECONOMICS, AND THE SOLIDARITY ECONOMY

Julie Matthaei, March 2012

Summary :

…the experience of the past forty years has revealed the limitations of our ability to liberate and empower women if we are forced to accept the current rules of the economic game. To play and win at that game, women have been forced to act like the hegemonic “economic man” which Marianne Ferber and Julie Nelson first identified and critiqued in 1993 in their path-breaking collection on feminist economics, Beyond Economic Man: narrowly self-interested, competitive, individualistic; focused on money; and motivated by greed.