Martha Freymann Miser, PhD, is a 2011 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Martha Miser [center] at her Dissertation Defense
L-R: Dr. Philomena Essed, Committee Member, Dr. Martha Miser, Dr. Carolyn Kenney, Committee Chair
Carolyn Kenny, PhD (Committee Chair)
Philomena Essed, PhD (Committee Member)
Amanda Sinclair, PhD (Committee Member)
Valentine Moghadam, PhD (Outside Reader)
This theoretical dissertation examines the concept of growth and its core assumption—that the continual accumulation of wealth is both socially wise and ecologically sustainable. The study challenges and offers alternatives to the myth of endless accumulation, suggesting new directions for leadership and social change. The central question posed in this inquiry: Can we craft a more ethical form of capitalism? To answer this question, the study examines conventional and critical globalization studies; feminist scholarship on standpoint, political economy, and power; and the Enlightenment notions of progress and modernism, drawing on a number of works, including Aristotle on the three intelligences, Thomas Aquinas on human need and value, and Karl Marx on capitalism. From this broad disciplinary and historical perspective, a compelling narrative emerges, one that describes how the idea of growth has intersected with power and privilege to create an overarching global imperative that threatens the viability of our species and planet. The closing sections explore potential responses to that threat, introducing consciousness, wisdom, and caring to our understanding of growth, and emphasizing the importance of relational practice to effect real social and institutional change. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLINK ETD Center (www.ohiolink.edu/etd).
Miser, M. F. (2011). The Myth of Endless Accumulation: A Feminist Inquiry Into Globalization, Growth, and Social Change. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/418
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