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An article by Luigino Bruni and Robert Sugden published in this journal argues that market relations contain elements of what they call ‘fraternity’. This Response demonstrates that my own views on interpersonal relations and markets – which originated in the feminist analysis of caring labour – are far closer to Bruni and Sugden's than they acknowledge in their article, and goes on to discuss additional important dimensions of sociality that they neglect.



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Bruni, L. and Sugden, R. 2008. Fraternity: Why the market need not be a morally free zone. Economics and Philosophy 24: 3564.
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Frey, B. 1997. Not Just for the Money: An Economic Theory of Personal Motivation. Cheltenham, UK: Elgar.
Frey, B. 1998. Institutions and morale: The crowding-out effect. In Economics, Values, and Organization, ed. Ben-Ner, A. and Putterman, L., 437–60. New York: Cambridge University Press.
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Nelson, J. A. 2003. Separative and soluble firms: Androcentric bias in business ethics. In Feminist Economics Today: Beyond Economic Man, ed. Ferber, M. A. and Nelson, J. A., 8199. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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Nelson, J. A. 2006b. Economics for Humans. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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