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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This book combines intellectual history with contemporary events to offer a
critique of mainstream economic thought and its neoliberal policy incarnation
in global capitalism. The critique operates both theoretically, at the level of
metaphysics and the philosophy of science, and concretely, in case studies of
globalization and world events.
Trent Schroyer provides a moral and cultural interpretation of modernity and
scientism, highlighting their political and economic consequences – but the
book’s main purpose is not to criticize. The author moves beyond this to offer
alternative "economic cultures," again combining abstract theoretical analysis
with concrete case studies of alternative economic formations from local
self-sufficiency movements to cooperatives and other anti-capitalist
These case studies exhibit an impressive range of variation, from first world
to third world, from reformist to utopian transformative. Finally, Schroyer
links the project to the global justice movement that opposes corporate
globalization and eventually links participatory economics and democratic
politics to a new image of science as "participatory social learning."