Communities and Development: Autarkic Social Groups and the Economy

Russell Hardin

in A Not-so-dismal Science

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198294900
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596728 | DOI:
 Communities and Development: Autarkic Social Groups and the Economy

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Issues of social group autarky are addressed, with particular reference to their economic costs. The different sections of the chapter address the social interests of such groups, give some American examples (the Lubavitch Jewish community of Brooklyn, and American farmers—the need for which has declined as agricultural productivity has risen dramatically), individual versus group economic benefits, special status for social groups, conflict between special‐status social groups (exemplified by professional, religious, status, linguistic, and ethnic groups), and conflict within special‐status groups.

Keywords: autarky; conflict; economic cost; economic interests; ethnic groups; farmers; linguistic groups; Lubavitch community; professional groups; religious groups; social groups; social interests; special‐status groups; status groups

Chapter.  10117 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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