The Relational Economy: A Buddhist and Feminist Analysis

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION: ABUDDHIST APPROACH, pp. 21-33, Laszlo Zsolnai, ED., Dordrecht: Springer, 2011

Global Development and Enviroment Institute Working Paper No. 10-03

20 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2010 Last revised: 19 Nov 2011

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Julie A. Nelson

University of Massachusetts at Boston - Department of Economics; Tufts University - Global Development and Environment Institute

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

Writings on the topic of Buddhism and economics seem to be characterized by two very different attitudes towards economic life. The first, drawing from historical Buddhist teachings in primarily pre-industrial contexts, takes a largely positive view of commerce. The second, in which a modern influence is considerably more apparent, is suspicious of economics at a "systemic" level, and takes an antagonistic stance towards contemporary corporations and markets. This essay argues that the latter view is based on an unhelpful assimilation of a modern Western belief - the belief that economic systems are non-relational - and proposes a richer understanding.

Keywords: economy, Buddhism, feminism, ethics

JEL Classification: A13 ,B00

Suggested Citation

Nelson, Julie A., The Relational Economy: A Buddhist and Feminist Analysis (May 1, 2010). Global Development and Enviroment Institute Working Paper No. 10-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1620003 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1620003

Julie A. Nelson (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts at Boston - Department of Economics ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.umb.edu/academics/cla/dept/economics/faculty/facultyNelson.html

Tufts University - Global Development and Environment Institute ( email )

MA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/about_us/researchers.html#nelson

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