: The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life – Revised Edition (): Paul Seabright: Books. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize, The British The Company of Strangers 2nd Revised ed. Edition, Kindle Edition. The Company of Strangers has ratings and 22 reviews. In this book, Paul Seabright (a professor of economics) discusses a wide range of topics including .

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Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, history, psychology, and literature, Seabright explores how our evolved ability of abstract reasoning has allowed institutions like money, markets, and cities to provide the foundation of social trust. He calls our evolution from family bands to industrial cities “the great experiment” and ends up discussing how fragile this experiment is. What causes have led us to this point? Aug 16, Terry rated it liked it Shelves: Overall rating No vompany yet 0.


The muted reaction with which this remark is met today is, according to Seabright, evidence only that we have become inured to pervasive economic interaction with strangers. The Locust and the Bee. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Yet since the dawn of agriculture we have refined the division of labor to the point where, today, we live and work amid strangers and depend upon millions more.

The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life

Return to Book Page. Universities and Innovation Economies. I find this is the case with many books with grandiose goals. Public Choice and Rural Development. He heralds the anonymity money affords us, and the way it lubricates transactions amongst unfamiliar people, as a triumph of the trust of strangers.


And it is meant to: This economy, then, is as fragile as the trust od carry in strangers, as supported by these norms and institutions. Today’s economy is all about systems of trust.

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The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life by Paul Seabright

Even the simple acts of strangerd food and clothing depend on an astonishing web of interaction that spans the globe. April 12, Imprint: Harry Lynch rated it really liked it Oct 27, While Seabright does appeal to some scientific studies in support of his conclusions, no conceptual commitment or theme seems to unite these appeals. Oct 12, Ricardo rated it it was amazing. Princeton University Press, Livermore Nuclear Lab design nuc.


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Few connections are made by Seabright between the chapters in Part III about cities, water, prices, firms, representation, and social ills.

How to write a great review. Dennett revised edition address financial collapse, ie lost of trust Notes p.

While the book is not badly written, I ultimately found it hard to sustain my interest. However, the concept is under- developed and seems ill cast in the lead role because it is not explanatorily efficacious.

Esabright, Social Norms and Economic Development. Theory in Economic Anthropology. Human beings are the only species in nature to have developed syrangers elaborate division of labor between strangers. Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation among some other similar books. Self-Regulation and Human Progress. A Student’s Guide to Economics.


A Plague of People. Whatever it is, is that feature supposed to be important in explanations of economic behavior?

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Seabright attempts to synthesize a vast interdisciplinary body of research from sources in finance, economics, banking, history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, law and philosophy. Jun 13, Bryan Kim marked it as to-read. The individual chapters are typically pleasing to read for several reasons: In the latter, it is argued that the modern firm grew out of the traditional family. It can be dense at times but this does not takeaway the overall impact of what the author wants to seabrigth across.

WIth the weight of feeling you need to read every word lifted, you’ll ocmpany surprised how often you stay to read everything anyway. The New Human Rights Movement. Environmental Quality in a Growing Economy. Log In Sign Up.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. It is not as though there is no evolutionary work on primates and economic or proto-economic relationships.