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Feminist Economics Today

By Marianne A. Ferber and Julie A. Nelson (editors)
University of Chicago Press, Fall 2003;
209 pages; $38.00 Cloth; $16.00 Paper;
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The 1993 publication of Marianne A. Ferber and Julie A. Nelson’s Beyond Economic Man was a landmark in both feminist scholarship and the discipline of economics, and it quickly became a handbook for those seeking to explore the emerging connections between the two. A decade later, this book looks back at the progress of feminist economics and forward to its future, offering both a thorough overview of feminist economic thought and a collection of new, high quality work from the field’s leading scholars.
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Beyond Economic Man represented a milestone in feminist economics and became a classic text not just for feminist economics but also for feminist scholars more generally. It was novel, fresh, and important, a hard act to follow. But the sequel delivers the goods. The strength of this volume is testimony to the vitality of feminist economics, which is maturing from a critique to an approach.”
--Jane Humphries, editor of Gender and Economics

Beyond Economic Man was a pathbreaking book—one of the first to offer feminist economics and those intrigued by this seeming oxymoron a way to understand and validate the new field. The articles in this follow-up volume are remarkably clear and readable. The authors tap what I believe is most important about feminist economics—its critique of mainstream economics for being profoundly gender biased, and new ways to think about care giving and collaboration in economics.”
--Randy Albelda, author of Economics and Feminism and coauthor of The War on the Poor

Marianne A. Ferber is professor emerita of economics and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Julie A. Nelson is senior research associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute of Tufts University and the author of Feminism, Objectivity, and Economics. Both are associate editors of the journal Feminist Economics.

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