The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-12
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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The Company of Strangers shows us the remarkable strangeness, and fragility, of our everyday lives. This completely revised and updated edition includes a new chapter analyzing how the rise and fall of social trust explain the unsustainable boom in the global over the past decade and the financial crisis that succeeded it.

Author Biography

Paul Seabright is professor of economics at the Toulouse School of Economics. He has been a fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford, and Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Trust and Panic: Introduction to the Revised Editionp. 1
Tunnel Visionp. 15
Who's in Charge?p. 17
Prologue to Part IIp. 33
From Murderous Apes to Honorary Friends: How Is Human Cooperation Possible?p. 35
Man and the Risks of Naturep. 37
Our Violent Pastp. 55
How Have We Tamed Our Violent Instincts?p. 65
How Did the Social Emotions Evolve?p. 80
Money and Human Relationshipsp. 91
Honor among Thieves: Hoarding and Stealingp. 106
Honor among Bankers? What Caused the Financial Crisis?p. 116
Professionalism and Fulfillment in Work and Warp. 134
Epilogue Co Parts I and IIp. 147
Prologue to Part IIIp. 151
Unintended Consequences: From Family Bands to Industrial Citiesp. 155
The City, from Ancient Athens to Modem Manhattanp. 157
Water: Commodity or Social Institution?p. 172
Prices for Everything?p. 186
Families and Firmsp. 204
Knowledge and Symbolismp. 226
Exclusion: Unemployment, Poverty, and Illnessp. 244
Epilogue to Part IIIp. 263
Prologue to PartIVp. 265
Collective Action: From Belligerent States to a Marketplace of Nationsp. 269
States and Empiresp. 271
Globalization and Political Actionp. 288
Conclusion: How Fragile is the Great Experiment?p. 302
Notesp. 317
Referencesp. 343
Indexp. 365
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