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Carl C. Wennerlind F'11

Carl C. Wennerlind

Associate Professor
Barnard College
last updated: 09/15/14

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships 2011
Assistant Professor
Department: History
Barnard College
Scarcity: Historicizing the First Principle of Political Economy

This project explores the changing conceptual nature of scarcity from early modern Aristotelian-influenced thinking to modern neo-classical economics. Despite a general recognition of scarcity's centrality to political economy throughout the discipline's history, limited attention has been focused on how the notion of scarcity has evolved over time. In tracing how scarcity can sometimes be viewed as a fact of nature and other times as a product of historically-specific cultural practices, this study examines the political and ideological implications of different ways of framing the relationship between humanity, nature, and the world of goods.