Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women Are Worth / Edition 2

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Safe drinking water counts for nothing. A pollution-free environment counts for nothing. Even some people - namely women - count for nothing. This is the case, at least, according to the United Nations System of National Accounts. Author Marilyn Waring, former New Zealand M.P., now professor, development consultant, writer, and goat farmer, isolates the gender bias that exists in the current system of calculating national wealth.

As Waring observes, in this accounting system women are considered 'non-producers' and as such they cannot expect to gain from the distribution of benefits that flow from production. Issues like nuclear warfare, environmental conservation, and poverty are likewise excluded from the calculation of value in traditional economic theory. As a result, public policy, determined by these same accounting processes, inevitably overlooks the importance of the environment and half the world's population.

Counting for Nothing, originally published in 1988, is a classic feminist analysis of women's place in the world economy brought up to date in this reprinted edition, including a sizeable new introduction by the author. In her new introduction, the author updates information and examples and revisits the original chapters with appropriate commentary. In an accessible and often humorous manner, Waring offers an explanation of the current economic systems of accounting and thoroughly outlines ways to ensure that the significance of the environment and the labour contributions of women receive the recognition they deserve.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times

'Angry, humorous, well-written, and accessible.'

John Kenneth Galbraith

'I've often commented on the way the work of women is excluded from our national accounting and overlooked in economics in general. And, alas, I've done very little about it. Now this splendid work goes far to fill this appalling gap. No concerned woman (or man) can ignore it.'

New Statesman

'As one might expect from a woman courageous enough to make a stand, on a point of principle, that brought down a government, this is a forthright, serious, and eloquent book.'

From the Publisher

'As one might expect from a woman courageous enough to make a stand, on a point of principle, that brought down a government, this is a forthright, serious, and eloquent book.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802082602
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Waring is a professor in the Institute of Public Policy at the Auckland University of Technology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition
Prologue 1
1 A Woman's Reckoning 12
2 A Calling to Account 37
3 The Boundary of Conception 60
4 Nothing Sexist Here 75
5 The Statistical Conspiracy 93
6 Villainy and Incompetentce 118
7 The Value of Death 135
8 A Value on Your Time 153
9 The Eye of the Beholder 182
10 "Your Economic Theory Makes No Sense" 203
11 If Counting was the Limit of Intelligence 224
12 Glimpsing the Whole 256
Epilogue 256
Appendices 265
Notes 270
Bibliography 280
Index 291
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