Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics
This collection of essays, a supplement to History of Political Economy, brings together prominent scholars from economics, sociology, literature, and history to examine the role of biography and autobiography in the history of economics. The first of its kind, this volume looks at the relevance of first-person accounts to narrative histories of economics. The essays consider both the potential and the limits of life writing, which has traditionally been used sparingly by historians of economics, and examine types of biographies, the relationship between autobiography and identity, and the writing of biography.
Contributors to this collection question whether biography is essential to understanding the history of economic ideas and consider how autobiographical materials should be read and interpreted by historians. Articles consider the treatment of autobiographical materials such as conversations and testimonies, the construction of heroes and villains, the relationship between scientific biography and literary biography, and concerns related to living subjects. Several essays address the role of biography and autobiography in the study of economists such as F. A. Hayek, Harry Johnson, Alfred Marshall, John Maynard Keynes, Oskar Morgenstern, and François Quesnay, concluding with several accounts of the interconnection of the historians' projects with their own autobiographies.
All 2007 subscribers to History of Political Economy will receive a copy of "Economists' Lives: Biography and Autobiography in the History of Economics" as part of their subscription.
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Charting the trajectory of a discourse against a background of social change and
major events, historians often treat it as a unity. They bracket as irrelevant both "
anomalies" and biographical information relating to the agents articulating the ...
In 1968 Nisonoff decided to major in economics.14 She had entered MIT the
previous year to study mathematics. As was the case for many students of the late
1960s, the choice of economics was partly informed by leftist political convictions
One of the major, if not the major, schism that placed stress on the radical
economics community was the divide between men and women. 22. At the same
time, it was lamented that the conferences were not intellectually productive (
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