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Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Chapter 23: ‘Homo Economicus’ and ‘His’ Impact on Gendered Societies1

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‘Homo Economicus’ and ‘His’ Impact on Gendered Societies1
‘Homo economicus’ and ‘his’ impact on gendered societies

For many heterodox and feminist economists, the concept of Hayek's self-regulated markets is a questionable theory in terms of its deep ideological contradictions, and the current economic crisis is seen as most recent manifestation of this (Wallerstein, 2010; Hanappi, 2010). Thus there was some hope that alternative socio-economic models would come under discussion and that such revised and fairer international models could even be implemented. Perhaps unsurprisingly this hope remains unfulfilled; yet at the same time more and more citizens are refusing to accept the proposed solutions to the crisis in terms of slashed budgets for public goods such as education, social security and health. Widespread industrial action, the ‘occupy’ ...

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