The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life (Revised Edition)
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 economy over the past decade and the financial crisis that succeeded it.
Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, history, psychology, and literature, Paul Seabright explores how our evolved ability of abstract reasoning has allowed institutions like money, markets, cities, and the banking system to provide the foundations of social trust that we need in our everyday lives. Even the simple acts of buying food and clothing depend on an astonishing web of interaction that spans the globe. How did humans develop the ability to trust total strangers with providing our most basic needs?
What people are saying - Write a review
Review: The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic LifeUser Review - Fritz- Fritzson - Goodreads
In this book, Paul Seabright (a professor of economics) discusses a wide range of topics including how we have tamed our violent instincts, how human social emotions evolved, and the rise (and ... Read full review
Review: The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life (Revised Edition)User Review - Matt Olson - Goodreads
This was a fascinating perspective on modern economic systems viewed through the lens of cultural anthropology and societal evolution. For anyone who wants to understand why humans have organized ... Read full review
Introduction to the Revised Edition
From Murderous Apes to Honorary Friends How Is Human Cooperation Possible?
Unintended Consequences From Family Bands to Industrial Cities
Collective Action From Belligerent States to a Marketplace of Nations