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Question of Worth : Economy, Society and the Quantification of Human Value (Hardcover) (Christopher

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We live in a world that has become a resource, a world conditioned by the progressive domination of a monetary scale applied across the board. Our value and worth are contingent upon what we earn, on what we own. Amidst the financialisation that characterises much of the globe, the prevailing ethos is that the only values we can usefully measure are those that can be quantified and expressed in terms of economics. Yet economic value and the value of the human are closely connected: erode the economic and you erode the personal. In the global economic crash of recent years it has been people who have been under assault not just financial value. The vulnerability of a society shaped only by economic and monetised transactions is exposed by what happens when the economy and the monetisation of everything fails. When the economic machine seizes up, it is people who are devalued and dumped.
Drawing upon his experience in government, education and the Church, and driven by his long experience of dealing with the casualties of contemporary society, the author asks: must we be a market society as well as a market economy? Can we devise a non-economic account of describing human value and worth? Christopher Steed argues that the really important issues that frame the contemporary human situation are those that cannot be measured. Quality is also vital to human flourishing: what, after all, is wealth for? What kind of society do we want to be in? What price the non-quantifiable and non-economic goods that make life worthwhile? In a timely and pioneering work, the author argues for a wider concept of value-one that encompasses both economic value and human value-allowing the dominant economic model to be re-calibrated to give greater space to human value.
Number of Pages: 242
Genre: Political Science, Philosophy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
Author: Christopher Steed
Language: English
Street Date: November 14, 2016
TCIN: 51861569
UPC: 9781784535919
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-9571
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