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The death of homo economicus : work, debt and the myth of endless accumulation, Peter Fleming

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The death of homo economicus : work, debt and the myth of endless accumulation
Title
The death of homo economicus
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work, debt and the myth of endless accumulation
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Peter Fleming
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eng
Summary
For neoclassical economists, Homo economicus, or economic human, represents the ideal employee: an energetic worker bee that is a rational yet competitive decision-maker. Alternatively, one could view the concept as a cold and selfish workaholic endlessly seeking the accumulation of money and advancement - a chilling representation of capitalism. Or perhaps, as Peter Fleming argues, Homo economicus does not actually exist at all. In The Death of Homo Economicus, Fleming presents this controversial claim with the same fierce logic and perception that launched his Guardian column into popularity. Fleming argues that as an invented model of a human being, Homo economicus is, in reality, a tool used by economists and capitalists to manage our social world through the state, business, and even family. As workers, we are barraged with constant reminders that we should always strive toward this ideal persona. It’s implied - and sometimes directly stated - that if we don’t then we are failures. Ironically, the people most often encouraged to emulate this model are those most predisposed to fail due to their socioeconomic circumstances: the poor, the unemployed, students, and prisoners. Fleming illuminates why a peculiar proactive negativity now marks everyday life in capitalist societies, and he explores how this warped, unattainable model for workers would cause chaos if enacted to the letter. Timely and revelatory, The Death of Homo Economicus offers a sharp, scathing critique of who we are supposed to be in the workplace and beyond. --
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1972-
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Fleming, P.
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illustrations
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non fiction
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  • Economics
  • Capitalism
  • Neoliberalism
  • Work
  • Work environment
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The death of homo economicus : work, debt and the myth of endless accumulation, Peter Fleming
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-308) and index
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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ocn979568337
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
314 pages
Isbn
9780745399423
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)979568337
Label
The death of homo economicus : work, debt and the myth of endless accumulation, Peter Fleming
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-308) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn979568337
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
314 pages
Isbn
9780745399423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)979568337

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