A feminist critique of rational-choice theories: Implications for sociology

  title={A feminist critique of rational-choice theories: Implications for sociology},
  author={Paula England},
  journal={The American Sociologist},
  • P. England
  • Published 1 March 1989
  • Economics, Sociology
  • The American Sociologist
I consider the relationship between two currents affecting sociology, rational-choice theory and interdisciplinary feminist theory. In particular, I consider how the feminist critique of the separative model of self applies to one version of rational-choice theory, neoclassical economics. In discussing this I identify four assumptions of neoclassical economics: selfishness; interpersonal utility comparisons are impossible; tastes are exogenous and unchanging; and individuals are rational. I… 
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