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The Real Wealth of Nations

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Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations provided the first, most influential and lasting explanation of the workings of modern economics. But with his focus on "the market" as the best mechanism for producing and distributing the necessities of life, Smith's concepts only told part of the story, leading to flawed economic models that devalue activities that fall outside of the market's parameters of buying and selling. The real wealth of nations, Riane Eisler argues, is not merely financial, but includes the contributions of people and our natural environment. Here, Eisler goes beyond the market to reexamine economics from a larger perspective--and shows that we must give visibility and value to the socially and economically essential work of caring for people and the planet if we are to meet the enormous challenges we are facing. Eisler proposes a new "caring economics" that takes into account the full spectrum of economic activities--from the life--sustaining activities of the household, to the life-enriching activities of caregivers and communities, to the life-supporting processes of nature. She shows how our values are distorted by the economic double standard that devalues anything stereotypically associated with women and femininity; reveals how current economic models are based on a deep-seated culture of domination; and shows how human needs would be better served by economic models based on caring. Most importantly, she provides practical proposals for new economic inventions--new measures, policies, rules, and practices--to bring about a caring economics that fulfills human needs. Like her classic The Chalice and the Blade, The Real Wealth of Nations is a bold and insightful look at how to create a society in which each of us can achieve the full measure of our humanity.

Table of Contents

  1. COVER PAGE
  2. TITLE PAGE
  3. COPYRIGHT PAGE
  4. PRAISE FOR RIANE EISLER’S THE REAL WEALTH OF NATIONS
  5. OTHER WORKS BY RIANE EISLER BOOKS
  6. INTRODUCTION: REASONS TO CARE
  7. CHAPTER 1: WE NEED A NEW ECONOMICS
    1. WHAT IS ECONOMICS?
    2. A NEW ECONOMIC MAP
    3. CULTURE, ECONOMICS, AND VALUES
    4. THE VALUE OF CARING
    5. BUILDING A CARING ECONOMICS
    6. THE SIX FOUNDATIONS FOR A CARING ECONOMICS
  8. CHAPTER 2: ECONOMICS THROUGH A WIDER LENS
    1. THE SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF ECONOMICS
    2. THE DOMINATION SYSTEM AND THE PARTNERSHIP SYSTEM
    3. THE HIDDEN VALUATIONS
    4. THE IMPERATIVE FOR SYSTEMIC CHANGE
    5. PRACTICAL STEPS TO A CARING ECONOMICS
  9. CHAPTER 3: IT PAYS TO CARE—IN DOLLARS AND CENTS
    1. THE STATISTICAL EVIDENCE
    2. SCIENCE AND THE REAL BOTTOM LINE
    3. THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF CARING
    4. THE REAL WEALTH OF NATIONS
    5. HIDING THE COSTS OF UNCARING ECONOMICS
    6. TAKING OFF OUR BLINDFOLDS
  10. CHAPTER 4: THE ECONOMIC DOUBLE STANDARD
    1. THE INVISIBILITY OF THE OBVIOUS
    2. STORIES WE LIVE AND DIE BY
    3. THE ALIENATION OF CARING LABOR
    4. ECONOMIC INDICATORS THAT INCLUDE CARING AND CAREGIVING
    5. BEYOND THE ECONOMIC DOUBLE STANDARD
  11. CHAPTER 5: CONNECTING THE DOTS
    1. A NEW SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK
    2. THE DOMINATOR CONFIGURATION
    3. DOMINATION AND ECONOMICS
    4. THE PARTNERSHIP CONFIGURATION
    5. PARTNERSHIP STRUCTURES, VALUES, AND RELATIONS
    6. PARTNERSHIP IN NORDIC NATIONS
    7. THE CONSTRUCTION OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS
  12. CHAPTER 6"THE ECONOMICS OF DOMINATION
    1. OUR BRUTAL ECONOMIC INHERITANCE
    2. ECONOMIC INHUMANITY AND INEFFICIENCY
    3. PERPETUATING HUNGER AND POVERTY
    4. THE ECONOMICS OF THE HOUSEHOLD
    5. CREATING SCARCITY
    6. THE CONQUEST OF NATURE
  13. CHAPTER 7: THE ECONOMICS OF PARTNERSHIP
    1. THE CAPITALIST VISION
    2. THE SOCIALIST VISION
    3. REVOLUTION AND DEVOLUTION
    4. FROM CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM TO PARTNERISM
    5. ECONOMICS AND RELATIONSHIPS
    6. REVISIONING ECONOMICS
    7. THE STRUCTURE OF ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS
  14. CHAPTER 8: TECHNOLOGY, WORK, AND THE POSTINDUSTRIAL ERA
    1. TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF WORK
    2. USES AND ABUSES OF TECHNOLOGY
    3. FROM DETACHMENT TO CARING
    4. A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON TECHNOLOGY
    5. FROM TECHNOLOGICAL FANTASIES TO GLOBAL REALITIES
  15. CHAPTER 9: WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE
    1. ECONOMIC LESSONS FROM NEUROSCIENCE
    2. ECONOMICS, POLITICS, AND STRESS
    3. CURRENTS AND CROSSCURRENTS TO OUR FUTURE
    4. THE ECONOMICS AND POLITICS OF DENIAL
    5. THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO PARTNERSHIP
  16. CHAPTER 10: THE CARING REVOLUTION
    1. FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION
    2. THE URGENT NEED FOR ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING
    3. WHAT GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS CAN DO
    4. WHAT SOCIAL ACTIVISTS CAN DO
    5. THE DYNAMICS OF TRANSFORMATION
    6. WHAT EACH OF US CAN DO
    7. ECONOMICS AND HUMAN EVOLUTION
  17. NOTES
    1. INTRODUCTION: REASONS TO CARE
    2. CHAPTER 1: WE NEED A NEW ECONOMICS
    3. CHAPTER 2: ECONOMICS THROUGH A WIDER LENS
    4. CHAPTER 3: IT PAYS TO CARE—IN DOLLARS AND CENTS
    5. CHAPTER 4: THE ECONOMIC DOUBLE STANDARD
    6. CHAPTER 5: CONNECTING THE DOTS
    7. CHAPTER 6: THE ECONOMICS OF DOMINATION
    8. CHAPTER 7: THE ECONOMICS OF PARTNERSHIP
    9. CHAPTER 8: TECHNOLOGY, WORK, AND THE POSTINDUSTRIAL ERA
    10. CHAPTER 9: WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE
    11. CHAPTER 10: THE CARING REVOLUTION
  18. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  19. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  20. INDEX
  21. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
  22. ABOUT THE CENTER FOR PARTNERSHIP STUDIES
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