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Douglas and Ney state that Economic Man, from its semitechnical niche in eighteenth-century economic theory, has taken over the realms of psychology, consumption, public assistance, political science, and philosophy. They say that by distorting the statistical data presented for policy analysis, the ideas of the solipsist self and objectivity indeed often protect a political bias. The authors propose to correct this by revising the current model of the person. Taking cultural bias into account and giving full play to political dissent, they restore the "persons" who have been missing from the social science debates.
Drawing from anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology, the authors set forth a fundamental critique of the social sciences. Their book will find a wide audience among social scientists and will also interest anyone engaged in current discussions of poverty.
This book is a copublication with the Russell Sage Foundation.
|List of Figures and Tables|
|1||Absent Persons in the Social Sciences||1|
|2||The Strong Presence of Homo OEconomicus||22|
|3||Communication Needs of Social Beings||46|
|4||For a Concept of the Whole Person||74|
|5||Four Whole Persons||96|
|6||Persons in the Policy Process||117|
|7||The Adversarial Mode||135|
|8||Shackled by Institutions||154|
|9||Homo OEconomicus: A Way of Saying Nothing||174|