Small is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered / Edition 1

Small is Still Beautiful: Economics as if Families Mattered / Edition 1

by Joseph Pearce
     
 

ISBN-10: 1933859059

ISBN-13: 9781933859057

Pub. Date: 12/12/2006

Publisher: ISI Books

A Third of a century ago, E. F. Schumacher rang out a timely warning against the idolatry of giantism with his book Small Is Beautiful. Few books before or since have spoken so profoundly to urgent economic and social considerations. Humanity was lurching blindly in the wrong direction, argued Schumacher. Its obsessive pursuit of wealth would not, as so many believed,…  See more details below

Overview

A Third of a century ago, E. F. Schumacher rang out a timely warning against the idolatry of giantism with his book Small Is Beautiful. Few books before or since have spoken so profoundly to urgent economic and social considerations. Humanity was lurching blindly in the wrong direction, argued Schumacher. Its obsessive pursuit of wealth would not, as so many believed, ultimately lead to Utopia but more probably to catastrophe.

Schumacher's greatest achievement was the fusion of ancient wisdom and modern economics in a language that encapsulated contemporary doubts and fears about the industrialized world. He saw that we needed to relearn the beauty of smallness, of human-scale technology and environments. In Small Is Still Beautiful, Joseph Pearce revisits Schumacher's arguments and examines the multifarious ways in which they matter now more than ever. Bigger is not always best, Pearce reminds us, and small is still beautiful.

About the Author:
Joseph Pearce is currently editor of the Saint Austin Review and Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933859057
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
12/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
1,150,455
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: A Still, Small Voice     xiii
At What Price Growth?
Beginnings and Ends     3
Malignant Growth     11
Expand and Die     27
Economics and the Soul
The Cost of Free Trade     43
Mechanistic and Materialistic     61
Economics with Soul     73
Size Matters
The Cult of Bigness     91
Small Beer: A Case Study     103
Making Democracy Democratic     117
A Democracy of Small Areas     133
Grounded in the Land
The Use and Abuse of Land     153
Chemical and Biological Warfare     173
The Resurrection of the Soil     193
Technology with a Human Face     211
Green Technology     227
Living Legacy
Cooperate and Prosper     245
The Proof of the Pudding     265
Ends and Beginnings     279
Begin Here     291
Notes     315
Index     327

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