Exchange and Deception: A Feminist Perspective

  • Caroline Gerschlager
  • Monika Mokre

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Exchange and Deception: A Feminist Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Caroline Gerschlager, Monika Mokre
      Pages 3-9
  3. A Feminist Reading of Economic Thinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Adam Smith, Exchange, Deception and Women

    3. The World of Economists/Economic Exchange: From the Old Testament to Gary Becker

      1. Susan Feiner
        Pages 61-73
      2. Doris A. Behrens, Gottfried Haber, Christian Richter, Karin Schönpflug
        Pages 91-103
      3. Richard Sturn
        Pages 105-110
  4. (Self-)Deception and Female Careers.Two Case Studies

  5. Methodological Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Esther-Mirjam Sent
      Pages 147-163
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 165-169

About this book


economic modelling and thought. Part three presents two case studies as examples of deceptive autonomy and shows the impact of this deception on the situation of women from the viewpoint of cultural studies and social anthropology. Part four relates methodological reflections on feminist and mainstream economics to the theme of the book. The first part of this book is devoted to a reconsideration of Adam Smith as a starting point for feminist perspectives on exchange. Drawing on Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments Caroline Gerschlager sets the stage for expanding the economic concept of exchange. She analyses and develops Smith's insight that deception is inevitable in the social setting. Smith's system of sympathy, which Gerschlager analyses as a system of exchange, i.e. exchange is conceived in terms of changing places in the imagination, is compared with exchange as conceived by the neoclassical approach. Her analysis reveals that these approaches arrive at contrasting results with regard to deception. Whereas in the former deception is vital to an understanding of exchange, the latter regards deception as an inefficiency, hindering exchange and ultimately making it impossible. Gerschlager points out that a certain degree of deception is inevitable, and that living in society therefore also amounts to "deceiving and being deceived".


Adam Smith Generation Moral Nation economics gender modeling

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Gerschlager
    • 1
  • Monika Mokre
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of EconomicsVienna University of Economics and Business AdministrationAustria
  2. 2.ICE, Research Unit for Institutional Change and European IntegrationAustrian Academy of ScienceViennaAustria

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