The great problems of our time such as poverty, inequality, war, terrorism, and environmental degradation are due in part to our flawed ecomic models that set the wrong priorities and misallocate resources. Conventional ecomic measures, policies, and practices fail to give visibility and value to the most essential human work the work of caring and caregiving. This powerful book proposes that we need a radical reformulation of ecomics, one that supports caring and caregiving at the individual, organizational, societal, and environmental levels. This caring ecomics takes into account the full spectrum of ecomic activities from the life-sustaining activities of the household, to the life-enriching activities of caregivers and communities of all types, to the life-supporting processes of nature. Eisler exposes the ecomic double standard that devalues anything stereotypically associated with women and femininity and shows how this distorts our values and our lives.
RIANE EISLER is an eminent social scientist, attorney, and futurist best known as author of the international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade, translated into 21 languages, and the award-winning The Power of Partnership and Tomorrow's Children. Her other books include Sacred Pleasure, a daring reexamination of sexuality and spirituality, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, which statistically documents the key role of the status of women in a nation's general quality of life.