Reconsidering Identity Economics

Human Well-Being and Governance

Authors: Garai, Laszlo

  • Applies physics concepts to evolving economic psychology
  • Develops a theory to mediate behavioral and identity economics
  • Examines socialism and capitalism as developed by Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries
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This book presents an unorthodox identity economics that approaches social identity through a non-classical psychology. Garai applies the modern physics concept of wave-particle duality to economic psychology, finding a corresponding duality in object-oriented activity and historically generated social identity. These two factors interconnect to create a double-storied structure of social identity and its behavioral manifestations. The book then presents a calculation device for mediating between behavioral and identity economics. Garai then applies all these factors to two socioeconomic systems developed during the second modernization: Bolshevik-type “socialism” and post-Bolshevik “capitalism.” In this context, he examines the Eastern Bloc nomenklatura as a duality of bureaucratic and patron-client organization (“state and party”) and the establishment of both today's material capitalism and its other half: human capital economics.

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Laszlo Garai was the Founder and Head of the Departments of Economic Psychology at the University of Szeged, Hungary, and Nice University, France. He has also taught at Moscow State University, Russia, and branches of California State University at Bakersfield and San Bernardino, USA. He is the author of 21 monographs in Hungarian and Russian on economic, social, and theoretical psychology.

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“This book is a unique contribution to economic psychology. It synthesizes the activity approach of the Russian psychological school and the author’s theory of a historically generated social identity. Psychological theory cannot remain the same after the appearance of this volume.” ( V.A.Lektorskiy, Professor, Head of Epistemology Department, Institute for Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

“Laszlo Garai's Reconsidering Identity Economics gives a new theory that intertwines people’s psychology and their economics: their psychology (and especially their identities) is the result of their economic environment; their economic environment is the result of their psychology. Garai illustrates this new view of economics and psychology with applications that are drawn from his lifelong experience and that will fascinate all readers.” (George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Identity Economics, Indeed? A Psychological Introduction

    Garai, Laszlo

    Pages 1-17

  • The Double-Storied Structure of Social Identity

    Garai, Laszlo

    Pages 21-34

  • Identity Economics: “An Alternative Economic Psychology”

    Garai, Laszlo

    Pages 35-40

  • How Outstanding am I? A Measure for Social Comparison within Organizations

    Garai, Laszlo

    Pages 41-54

  • Preamble

    Garai, Laszlo

    Pages 57-59

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reconsidering Identity Economics
Book Subtitle
Human Well-Being and Governance
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52561-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52561-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52560-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 172
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