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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That is to say, in one way or another almost all of the participants were
reconstructing, creating, collecting, or otherwise studying someone else's
character and life story. Their subjects, in turn, like the watercress girl, were also
once engaged in ...
tive efforts in making a life story are slight, to be sure— a walk around the block,
activities at nursery school, a trip to the zoo— but they provide practice
nonetheless for longer, solo flights of self-narration in the time to come. In these ...
Being oneself, for example, may now function as a primary value in contemporary
Norway, but as Kari's story suggests, individuals may be obliged to find this self in
order to be it. Building on Gullestad's key insight that value is a repository of ...
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