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In this e-book, economists and literary students study the makes use of to which the Robinson Crusoe determine has been positioned by way of the economics self-discipline because the ebook of Defoe’s novel in 1719. The authors’ severe readings of 2 centuries of texts that experience made use of Robinson Crusoe undermine the pervasive trust of mainstream economics that Robinson Crusoe is a benign consultant of financial service provider, and that he, like different financial brokers, might be understood independently of ancient and cultural specificity.

The booklet presents a close account of the looks of Robinson Crusoe within the economics literature and in a plethora of contemporary economics texts, during which, for instance, we discover Crusoe is portrayed as a schizophrenic consumer/producer attempting to maximize his own health. utilizing poststructuralist, feminist, postcolonial, Marxist and literary feedback methods, the authors of the fourteen chapters during this quantity study and critique a few of the private, basic assumptions neoclassical economics carry approximately human nature; the political economic system of colonization; foreign exchange; and the pervasive gendered association of social kinfolk.

The members to this quantity may be noticeable as conducting the rising dialog among economists and literary students referred to as the hot financial feedback. they give distinctive views on how the financial system and monetary idea might be learn via various disciplinary lenses. Economists concentrate on rhetoric and metaphor deployed in economics, and literary students have came upon new components to discover and comprehend by means of concentrating on financial options and vocabulary encountered in literary texts.

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