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The pricing of progress : economic indicators and the capitalization of American life, Eli Cook

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The pricing of progress : economic indicators and the capitalization of American life
Title
The pricing of progress
Title remainder
economic indicators and the capitalization of American life
Statement of responsibility
Eli Cook
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Language
eng
Summary
How did Americans come to quantify their society's progress and well-being in units of money? In today's GDP-run world, prices are the standard measure of not only our goods and commodities but our environment, our communities, our nation, even our self-worth. The Pricing of Progress traces the long history of how and why we moderns adopted the monetizing values and valuations of capitalism as an indicator of human prosperity while losing sight of earlier social and moral metrics that did not put a price on everyday life. Cook roots the rise of economic indicators in the emergence of modern capitalism and the contested history of English enclosure, Caribbean slavery, American industrialization, economic thought, and corporate power. He explores how the maximization of market production became the chief objective of American economic and social policy. We see how distinctly capitalist quantification techniques used to manage or invest in railroad corporations, textile factories, real estate holdings, or cotton plantations escaped the confines of the business world and seeped into every nook and cranny of society. As economic elites quantified the nation as a for-profit, capitalized investment, the progress of its inhabitants, free or enslaved, came to be valued according to their moneymaking abilities. Today as in the nineteenth century, political struggles rage over who gets to determine the statistical yardsticks used to gauge the "health" of our economy and nation.The Pricing of Progress helps us grasp the limits and dangers of entrusting economic indicators to measure social welfare and moral goals.--
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1981-
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Cook, Eli
Dewey number
339.373
Index
index present
LC call number
HC110.C3
LC item number
C66 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Capitalism
  • Economic indicators
  • Valuation
  • Progress
  • Capitalism
  • Economic indicators
  • Progress
  • Valuation
  • United States
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The pricing of progress : economic indicators and the capitalization of American life, Eli Cook
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-338) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The political arithmetic of price -- Seeing like a capitalist -- The spirit of non-capitalism -- The age of moral statistics -- The hunt for growth -- The coronation of King Capital -- State of statistical war -- The pricing of progressivism -- Epilogue : Toward GDP
Control code
981979757
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9780674976283
Lccn
2017011999
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)981979757
Label
The pricing of progress : economic indicators and the capitalization of American life, Eli Cook
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-338) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The political arithmetic of price -- Seeing like a capitalist -- The spirit of non-capitalism -- The age of moral statistics -- The hunt for growth -- The coronation of King Capital -- State of statistical war -- The pricing of progressivism -- Epilogue : Toward GDP
Control code
981979757
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
352 pages
Isbn
9780674976283
Lccn
2017011999
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)981979757

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