The Koan of the Market

  • Julie A. Nelson


Nelson challenges the reader to consider the question “What is a market?” as a koan—an invitation for investigation. Many advocates for social justice, including many followers of wisdom traditions, call for an economy that is defined in opposition to what is assumed to be the essence of our current economic system. Believing that current economies are based on competition and globalization, for example, critics claim that the alternative must be defined by cooperation and local initiatives. But are these beliefs correct? Opening up to a recognition of the interdependent co-arising of economic relations reveals new avenues for advocating social justice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie A. Nelson
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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of MassachusettsBostonUSA

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