Transcending the Economy: On the Potential of Passionate Labor and the Wastes of the Market

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Transcending the Economy explores the reasons why our economy fails to provide a more fulfilling way of life. Michael Perelman argues that the irrational dominance of markets imposes burdens of needless waste and lost potential, and furthermore, traditional economics is ill-equipped to approach such matters because of its focus on limits rather than potential. As an alternative, Perelman develops Charles Fourier’s concept of passionate labor. Using examples ranging from wartime selflessness to blood donations and...
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Overview

Transcending the Economy explores the reasons why our economy fails to provide a more fulfilling way of life. Michael Perelman argues that the irrational dominance of markets imposes burdens of needless waste and lost potential, and furthermore, traditional economics is ill-equipped to approach such matters because of its focus on limits rather than potential. As an alternative, Perelman develops Charles Fourier’s concept of passionate labor. Using examples ranging from wartime selflessness to blood donations and computer programming, he demonstrates that passionate labor has the potential to elevate both human performance and satisfaction well beyond the shallow limits imposed by markets.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312229771
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Perelman is Professor of Economics at California State University in Chico.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introductory Section
Sensory Deprivation Chamber
Beyond Economics
Introductory
An Initial Indication of Waste
Waste Versus the Surplus
A Brief Mention of Passionate Labor
Waste of Nations
Taxes, War, and the Elimination of Waste
More Obvious Waste
Social Conditions and the Absence of Trust
Conflict in the Production Process
The Waste of Human Potential
The Waste of Doing Business as Usual
The FIRE Sector
Concluding Remarks
Alternative Approaches to Analyzing Waste
The Absence of Waste as an Economic Category
Persuasion
Coase
Williamson
Conclusion
Transforming Society
Human Nature
Toward Passionate Labor
Concluding Remarks
References
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