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If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics Paperback – November, 1990

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The United Nations System of National Accounts (UNSNA) forms the basic national account statistics used in annual reports from agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Waring, a feminist, environmental advocate, and member of the New Zealand Parliament from 1975-84, charges that UNSNA acts to sustain the institutionalized enslavement of women by focusing solely on production and consumption in the market sphere, thereby rendering women's unpaid work invisible. While her book is more polemic than academic, Waring has nonetheless amassed an amazing amount of statisticcal detail to support her thesis, and she shows formidable skill in synthesizing the thoughts of others for her cause. This is an important book for all women's studies and economics collections.
- Christy Zlatos, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (November 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062509403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062509406
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I see many pleas among the reviews of this book for a reprint. This book was originally published in New Zealand under the title "Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women Are Worth". When the book was published in North America this title was deemed too controversial and was changed to "If Women Counted". Time has passed, but the book is still available under its original title. I heard Marilyn Waring speak last night. She's an amazing woman and is doing incredible work researching and promoting the New Feminist Economics.
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For those of you who are interested, Marilyn Waring's thoughts on politics, environment etc. are available on video. I have a series on three video cassettes, available from the Canadian National Film Board. The NFB can be found on the internet, if you want to know more... Perhaps it is available in the States. It is a good introductory series for schools, businesses...The video series consist of selected excerpts from the book. I am not sure how it compares to the book, but her wit, humor, eloquence are amply evident on film.
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I was dismayed to see this book is out of print. I have colleagues acting as consultants in the development cooperation business to whom I wished to give a copy!!! This is a seminal book moving toward changing the way we count and value things in Western economies.
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Marilyn Waring is a former member of parliament in NewZealand. She has an international point of view and a horror of the current pattern of resource management. The book is an important link between feminist and environmental thinking/ theorizing. It should be reprinted.
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The author, a former member of the New Zealand parliament, points out the ways in which the logic of the economics being taught--and relied on by politicians--are faulty, leaving out much of the work that is done in this world, and valuing natural resources only when they are "exploited" (ie. destroyed). Her well-researched account distinguishes between poverty and "misery": observing that non-monitarized, subsistence economies often support a high degree of well-being and health (starting with a very healthy diet); but monitarized, impoverished economies often force people into what is now been recognized as "misery" (ie. when traditional peoples are forced off their lands and into slums to work in factories). Both are considered "poverty" by traditional economics but reflect a very different lived reality. She points out that even in industrial societies much of the work of perpetuating and maintaining the society is unpaid--typically the work of women. She contends that "If Women Counted" our political and economic decision makers would make better decisions that reflect the totality of what we value and what is valuable for the maintenance, sustenance and enjoyment of our lives. An absolutely indispensable book for anyone hoping we might yet find a way to create a more sane world together.
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