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Consuming Behaviours - Identity, Politics and Pleasure in Twentieth-Century Britain (Hardcover): Erika Rappaport, Sandra... Consuming Behaviours - Identity, Politics and Pleasure in Twentieth-Century Britain (Hardcover)
Erika Rappaport, Sandra Trudgen Dawson, Mark J. Crowley
R3,107 Discovery Miles 31 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In twentieth-century Britain, consumerism increasingly defined and redefined individual and social identities. New types of consumers emerged: the idealized working-class consumer, the African consumer and the teenager challenged the prominent position of the middle and upper-class female shopper. Linking politics and pleasure, Consuming Behaviours explores how individual consumers and groups reacted to changes in marketing, government control, popular leisure and the availability of consumer goods.From football to male fashion, tea to savings banks, leading scholars consider a wide range of products, ideas and services and how these were marketed to the British public through periods of imperial decline, economic instability, war, austerity and prosperity. The development of mass consumer society in Britain is examined in relation to the growing cultural hegemony and economic power of the United States, offering comparisons between British consumption patterns and those of other nations.Bridging the divide between historical and cultural studies approaches, Consuming Behaviours discusses what makes British consumer culture distinctive, while acknowledging how these consumer identities are inextricably a product of both Britain's domestic history and its relationship with its Empire, with Europe and with the United States.

Understanding Global Slavery - A Reader (Paperback, Annotated Ed): Kevin Bales Understanding Global Slavery - A Reader (Paperback, Annotated Ed)
Kevin Bales
R643 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R106 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Although slavery is illegal throughout the world, we learned from Kevin Bales's highly praised expose, "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, "that more than twenty-seven million people--in countries from Pakistan to Thailand to the United States--are still trapped in bondage. With this new volume, Bales, the leading authority on modern slavery, looks beyond the specific instances of slavery described in his last book to explore broader themes about slavery's causes, its continuation, and how it might be ended. Written to raise awareness and deepen understanding, and touching again on individual lives around the world, this book tackles head-on one of the most urgent and difficult problems facing us today.
Each of the chapters in "Understanding Global Slavery "explores a different facet of global slavery. Bales investigates slavery's historical roots to illuminate today's puzzles. He explores our basic ideas about what slavery is and how the phenomenon fits into our moral, political, and economic worlds. He seeks to explain how human trafficking brings people into our cities and how the demand for trafficked workers, servants, and prostitutes shapes modern slavery. And he asks how we can study and measure this mostly hidden crime. Throughout, Bales emphasizes that to end global slavery, we must first understand it. This book is a step in that direction.

Consumerism, Waste, and Re-Use in Twentieth-Century Fiction - Legacies of the Avant-Garde (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Rachele... Consumerism, Waste, and Re-Use in Twentieth-Century Fiction - Legacies of the Avant-Garde (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Rachele Dini
R2,526 R2,117 Discovery Miles 21 170 Save R409 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines manufactured waste and remaindered humans in literary critiques of capitalism by twentieth-century writers associated with the historical avant-garde and their descendants. Building on recent work in new materialism and waste studies, Rachele Dini reads waste as a process or phase amenable to interruption. From an initial exploration of waste and re-use in three Surrealist texts by Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, and Mina Loy, Dini traces the conceptualization of waste in the writing of Samuel Beckett, Donald Barthelme, J.G. Ballard, William Gaddis, and Don DeLillo. In exploring the relationship between waste, capitalism, and literary experimentation, this book shows that the legacy of the historical avant-garde is bound up with an enduring faith in the radical potential of waste. The first study to focus specifically on waste in the twentieth-century imagination, this is a valuable contribution to the expanding field of waste studies.

Textiles and Clothing Sustainability - Sustainable Fashion and Consumption (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Subramanian Senthilkannan... Textiles and Clothing Sustainability - Sustainable Fashion and Consumption (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
R2,171 Discovery Miles 21 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the first book to introduce and explain the concept of sustainable consumption with reference to the clothing sector. It uses various case studies to detail sustainable consumption behavior in the industry. Consumption is a key issue and is a major driver when it comes to sustainability in any industry, including clothing sector. Several studies which have highlighted the need for sustainable consumption in the clothing sector are discussed in this book.

Marketing and American Consumer Culture - A Cultural Studies Analysis (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Arthur Asa Berger Marketing and American Consumer Culture - A Cultural Studies Analysis (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Arthur Asa Berger
R1,583 R1,336 Discovery Miles 13 360 Save R247 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book offers a cultural studies approach to marketing and advertising and shows readers how scholars from different academic disciplines make sense of marketing's role in American culture and society. It is written in an accessible style and has numerous drawings by the author to give it more visual interest.

Cross Cultural Issues in Consumer Science and Consumer Psychology - Current Perspectives and Future Directions (Hardcover, 1st... Cross Cultural Issues in Consumer Science and Consumer Psychology - Current Perspectives and Future Directions (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Hester van Herk, Carlos J. Torelli
R3,032 R2,553 Discovery Miles 25 530 Save R479 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This integrative volume identifies and defines cross-cultural issues in consumer psychology and consumer science as the world becomes an increasingly global marketplace. An international panel of experts analyzes current trends in consumer behavior across diverse countries worldwide and across cultural groups within countries, depicting commonly-used cross-cultural frameworks and research methods. Beginning with conceptualizing and quantifying culture at the national level, the volume then moves to individual levels of analysis of consumer decision-making, examining consumer data as they affect business decisions in marketing products internationally. The resulting work synthesizes the consumer science, international business, and consumer psychology literatures for a deeper understanding of all three disciplines and pathways to future research as cultures interact and tastes evolve. Among the topics covered: Culture as a driver of individual and national consumer behavior. Consumer culture-based attitudes toward buying foreign versus domestic products. Country-of-origin effects: consumer perceptions of international products. The roles of cultural influences in product branding. Cultural aspects of consumer-brand relationships. Consumer behavior in the emerging marketplace of subsistence countries. This attention to both national detail and individual nuance makes Cross-Cultural Issues in Consumer Science and Consumer Psychology an instructive and highly useful reference for scholars and students in consumer psychology, cross-cultural psychology, marketing, international business, as well as professionals in these areas.

Consumerism in Twentieth-Century Britain - The Search for a Historical Movement (Hardcover, New): Matthew Hilton Consumerism in Twentieth-Century Britain - The Search for a Historical Movement (Hardcover, New)
Matthew Hilton
R2,153 Discovery Miles 21 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first comprehensive history of consumerism as an organized social and political movement, this book explores consumer movements, ideologies and organizations in twentieth-century Britain. It explores the history of organizations such as the Co-operative movement and the Consumers' Association and analyzes the role of the National Consumer Council, the Office of Fair Trading, and international consumer organizations as well as the growth of ethical consumerism. A major contribution to the topic of the role of consumption in modern society, it will be essential reading for historians of twentieth-century Britain.

Adolescents, Family and Consumer Behaviour - A Behavioural Study of Adolescents in Indian Urban Families (Hardcover): Harleen... Adolescents, Family and Consumer Behaviour - A Behavioural Study of Adolescents in Indian Urban Families (Hardcover)
Harleen Kaur, Chandan Deep Singh
R1,210 Discovery Miles 12 100 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Buying decision making is a complicated process, in which a consumer's decision is under the influence of others. The buyer's decision making is directed in such a way that they must act as a consumer in society. Media and family are key socializing agents for adolescents. Moreover, changes in the socio-cultural environment in India necessitate that adolescents' influence in family's buying decision making should be investigated. In comparison to Western society, Indian society is quite different when compared in terms of family composition and structure, behavior, values and norms which impact adolescents' buying decision making. Adolescents, Family and Consumer Behaviour studies the role of consumer socialization agents for adolescents, examining socio-economic factors that influence adolescents' buying decision making in Indian urban families. It aims to discover the influence tactics that adolescents employ and to qualitatively analyse how marketers in turn influence adolescents. It addresses the topics with regard to strategic management and marketing and will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners, and students in the fields of management, entrepreneurship, small business management, and human resource management.

Retailisation - The Here, There and Everywhere of Retail (Paperback): Francesca de Chatel, Robin Hunt Retailisation - The Here, There and Everywhere of Retail (Paperback)
Francesca de Chatel, Robin Hunt
R747 Discovery Miles 7 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This work investigates the current state of selling, whether groceries, politicians, information or motorcars. Like no other phenomenon, "retailization" reflects the complexity and ubiquity of information flows, processes and convergence of media in the wired world. The authors explore the all-pervasive nature of the retail experience in the physical world, the virtual world - and in the peripheral spaces between the two. Companies interviewed include Asda, MOMA, The Tate Modern, Walmart, Sony, Habitat, Manchester United and Volkswagen; individuals include Naomi Klein, Tom Dixon, Benjamin Barber, Professor Bill Mitchell (Dean of Architecture at MIT), architects Jon Jerde, Rem Koolhas and Ben Van Berkel, and David Peek, psychologist behind the Bluewater shopping mall.

Spree - A Cultural History of Shopping (Paperback): Pamela Klaffke Spree - A Cultural History of Shopping (Paperback)
Pamela Klaffke
R396 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R67 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ten years ago, Faith Popcorn declared "the end of shopping" in her bestselling book "The Popcorn Report." But from the looks of things, shopping is as pervasive as ever; we are a culture obsessed and beguiled by the desire for consumer goods.

Journalist and shopping pundit Pamela Klaffke documents the history of shopping, from a time when cattle were currency to the current age of contemporary shopping phenoms like eBay.

Topics covered include: - The history of shopping malls and department stores - The evolution of retail design - Inventions that made shopping easier: the cash register, the shopping cart, the bar code - Information on the largest fashion retail chain (The Gap), the largest retail firm (Wal-Mart) and the world's largest mall (West Edmonton Mall) - Shopping meccas and customs from around the world - The dark side of shopping: kleptomania, shopping addictions, anti-consumerism - The myths: Men Who Hate Shopping and Women Who Love Shoes.

Full of fun and informative sidebars and photos, "Spree" demonstrates that how we shop explains a lot about who we are.

Consumption in China - How China's New Consumer Ideology is Shaping the Nation (Paperback): LiAnne Yu Consumption in China - How China's New Consumer Ideology is Shaping the Nation (Paperback)
LiAnne Yu
R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Consumption practices in China have been transformed at an unprecedented pace. Under Mao Zedong, the state controlled nearly all aspects of what people consumed, from everyday necessities to entertainment and the media; today, shoddy state-run stores characterized by a dearth of choices have made way for luxury malls and hypermarkets filled with a multitude of products. Consumption in China explores what it means to be a consumer in the world s fastest growing economy. LiAnne Yu provides a multi-faceted portrait of the impact of increased consumption on urban spaces, social status, lifestyles, identities, and freedom of expression. The book also examines what is unique and what is universal about how consumer practices in China have developed, investigating the factors that differentiate them from what has been observed among the already mature consumer markets. Behind the often staggering statistics about China are the very human stories that highlight the emotional and social triggers behind consumption. This engaging book is a valuable resource for students, scholars and business professionals interested in a deeper understanding of what motivates China s consumers, and what challenges they face as more aspects of everyday life become commoditized.

Emotional, Sensory, and Social Dimensions of Consumer Buying Behavior (Paperback): Ana Maria Soares, Maher Georges Elmashhara Emotional, Sensory, and Social Dimensions of Consumer Buying Behavior (Paperback)
Ana Maria Soares, Maher Georges Elmashhara
R3,901 Discovery Miles 39 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Unprecedented changes in consumer shopping habits pose major challenges for retailers who need to consider the multidimensional nature of shopping in order to design and provide engaging consumer experiences. The intersection between in-store and online shopping is also fundamental to meet the fast-changing consumer behavior. Comprehending how environmental and sensory dimensions, leisure, entertainment, and social interactions influence shopper emotions may enhance the shopping experience. Emotional, Sensory, and Social Dimensions of Consumer Buying Behavior is an essential reference source that discusses methods for enhancing the shopping experience in an era of competition among shopping offline- and online-destinations, as well as predicting emerging changes in consumer behavior and shopping destinations and new technologies in retailing. Featuring research on topics such as consumer dynamics, experimental marketing, and retail technology, this book is ideally designed for retail managers, designers, advertisers, marketers, customer service representatives, merchandisers, industry professionals, academicians, researchers, students, and practitioners.

My Year of Buying Nothing (Paperback): Lee Simpson My Year of Buying Nothing (Paperback)
Lee Simpson
R467 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R153 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Expert Consumer - Associations and Professionals in Consumer Society (Hardcover, New Ed): Alain Chatriot, Marie-Emmanuelle... The Expert Consumer - Associations and Professionals in Consumer Society (Hardcover, New Ed)
Alain Chatriot, Marie-Emmanuelle Chessel
R3,170 Discovery Miles 31 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Recent work has focused on the politics of consumption and its manifestation in a number of situations. This volume extends these debates, providing a tighter focus and contributing to a noticeable gap in the field that numerous scholars are beginning to turn towards: that is, organizations of consumers themselves who have chosen to speak for all consumers and similar such bodies of experts which act on behalf of consumers. The volume is fortunate in drawing upon a number of scholars who are about to publish major works on the subject, but who are happy to provide summary versions of their work for the volume. The book pays particular attention to specific moments in consumer mobilization and expertise, capturing the range of types of expert consumers across the twentieth century, from ethical consumer groups at the beginning, to intellectuals, housewives, economists and public officials. It addresses questions on the nature of consumer organizing, which bodies can speak for consumers, whether one consumer voice can ever be identified and the relationship between consumption and citizenship. Overview pieces demonstrate the larger narratives involved in the study of the expert consumer, whilst more comparative essays set out the nature of transatlantic exchanges. Other contributions point to the similarities across seemingly different consumption regimes, while case studies of specific organisations and key historical moments draw out the particularities of consumer expertise.

Innovations in Technology and Marketing for the Connected Consumer (Hardcover): Sumesh Singh Dadwal Innovations in Technology and Marketing for the Connected Consumer (Hardcover)
Sumesh Singh Dadwal
R6,890 Discovery Miles 68 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Connected customers, using a wide range of devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops have ushered in a new era of consumerism. Now more than ever, this change has prodded marketing departments to work with their various IT departments and technologists to expand consumers' access to content. In order to remain competitive, marketers must integrate marketing campaigns across these different devices and become proficient in using technology. Innovations in Technology and Marketing for the Connected Consumer is a pivotal reference source that develops new insights into applications of technology in marketing and explores effective ways to reach consumers through a wide range of devices. While highlighting topics such as cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, this publication explores practices of technology-empowered digital marketing as well as the methods of applying practices to less developed countries. This book is ideally designed for marketers, managers, advertisers, branding teams, application developers, IT specialists, academicians, researchers, and students.

Handbook of Research on Retailing Techniques for Optimal Consumer Engagement and Experiences (Hardcover): Fabio Musso, Elena... Handbook of Research on Retailing Techniques for Optimal Consumer Engagement and Experiences (Hardcover)
Fabio Musso, Elena Druica
R6,695 Discovery Miles 66 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the world of economics and business, engaging with loyal customers while also seeking out new, potential customers is a must. With the recent advancements of social media technology, these operations have increased the need for more developed methods to mesh consumer-business relationships and retention. The Handbook of Research on Retailing Techniques for Optimal Consumer Engagement and Experiences is a thought-provoking reference source that provides vital insight into the application of present-day customer relationship management within the retail industry. While highlighting topics such as digital communication, e-retailing, and social media marketing, this publication explores in-depth merchandiser knowledge as well as the methods behind positive retailer-consumer relationships. This book is ideally designed for managers, executives, CEOs, sales professionals, marketers, advertisers, brand managers, retail experts, academicians, researchers, and students.

Stuffocation - Living More with Less (Paperback): James Wallman Stuffocation - Living More with Less (Paperback)
James Wallman 1
R265 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R34 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We're all stuffocated. We have more stuff than we could ever need - but it's bad for the planet and it's making us stressed. It might even be killing us. In this groundbreaking book, trend forecaster James Wallman finds that a rising number of people are turning away from all-you-can-get consumption, from the exec who's sold almost everything he owns, to the well-off family who moved to a remote mountain cabin. In Stuffocation, Wallman's solution is to focus less on possessions and more on experiences. It is a manifesto for a vital change in how you live - and it's the one book you won't be able to live without.

Stem Cell Research - The Ethical Issues (Paperback): Lori Gruen, Laura Grabel, Peter Singer Stem Cell Research - The Ethical Issues (Paperback)
Lori Gruen, Laura Grabel, Peter Singer
R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The social and political climate surrounding human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research is constantly changing, as is the science, with new developments occurring at a regular pace. Rapid changes can exacerbate fears, and fears often contribute to sweeping pronouncements and prohibitions that may not, ultimately, withstand rational scrutiny. This collection of essays represent one of the most philosophically engaged and biologically informed discussions of the central ethical issues raised by stem cell research to date.
* Do blastocysts have moral status?
* Do stem cells themselves have a special status?
* Can "surplus" embryos respectfully be used for research?
* Should human-animal chimeras be created?
* Should women be paid for their eggs?
* What is the best mechanism for dealing with deep disagreements in a democratic society?
The carefully constructed arguments that seek to answer these questions should contribute to and encourage more rigorous public debate about the ethics of stem cell research.

Authenticity Guaranteed - Masculinity and the Rhetoric of Anti-Consumerism in American Culture (Hardcover): Sally Robinson Authenticity Guaranteed - Masculinity and the Rhetoric of Anti-Consumerism in American Culture (Hardcover)
Sally Robinson
R2,456 R1,730 Discovery Miles 17 300 Save R726 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Americans love to hate consumerism. Scholars, intellectuals, musicians, and writers of all kinds take pleasure in complaining that consumer culture endangers the ""real"" things in life, including self-determination and individualism. In Authenticity Guaranteed, Sally Robinson brings to light the unacknowledged gender and class assumptions of anti-consumerist critique in the second half of the twentieth century. American anti-consumerism, despite its apparent complexity, takes a remarkably consistent and predictable narrative form. From the mid-century Organization Man to the millennial No Logo, anti-consumerist critique reinforces the gender order by insisting that authenticity is threatened, and masculine agency curtailed, by the feminizing forces of consumer culture. Robinson identifies a tradition of masculine protest and rebellion against feminization in iconic texts such as The Catcher in the Rye and Fight Club, as well as in critiques of postmodernism, academic denunciations of shopping, and a variety of other discourses that aim to diagnose what ails American consumer culture. This fresh and timely argument enters into conversation with a wide range of existing scholarship and opens up new questions for scholarly and political discussion.

Approaching Consumer Culture - Global Flows and Local Contexts (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Evgenia Krasteva-Blagoeva Approaching Consumer Culture - Global Flows and Local Contexts (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Evgenia Krasteva-Blagoeva
R3,010 R2,483 Discovery Miles 24 830 Save R527 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This fascinating collection analyzes the impact of Western consumer culture on local cultures and consumption in Southeast Europe and East Asia. Cultural, historical, economic and sociopolitical contexts are examined regarding buying behaviors, usage and customization practices and consumer activism, specifically in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Romania as cultures continue to evolve in the post-socialist era, and in China and Japan as a continuation of movements toward modernity and progress. Surprising and thought-provoking contrasts stand out as consumers balance the global with the local in terms of clothing, technology, luxury items, and food. All chapters feature a wealth of empirical and cross-cultural data, and the presentation is framed by Professor Mike Featherstone's theoretical essay on the origins of consumer culture and the consequences of two hundred years of increasing consumption for the human condition and the future of the planet. Included in the coverage: "You are a socialist child like me": Goods and Identity in Bulgaria Consumer Culture from Socialist Yugoslavia to Post-Socialist Serbia: Movements and Moments Preserves Exiting Socialism: Authenticity, Anti-Standardization, and Middle-Class Consumption in Post-Socialist Romania Modernization and the Department Store in Early 20th-Century Japan: Modern Girl and New Consumer Culture Lifestyles A Cultural Reading of Conspicuous Consumption in China Approaching Consumer Culture broadens the cultural anthropology literature and will be welcomed by Western and Eastern scholars and researchers alike. Its depth and accessibility make it useful to university courses in cultural anthropology, cultural studies, and sociology.

Consumption in China - How China's New Consumer Ideology is Shaping the Nation (Hardcover): LiAnne Yu Consumption in China - How China's New Consumer Ideology is Shaping the Nation (Hardcover)
LiAnne Yu
R1,228 Discovery Miles 12 280 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Consumption practices in China have been transformed at an unprecedented pace. Under Mao Zedong, the state controlled nearly all aspects of what people consumed, from everyday necessities to entertainment and the media; today, shoddy state-run stores characterized by a dearth of choices have made way for luxury malls and hypermarkets filled with a multitude of products. Consumption in China explores what it means to be a consumer in the world s fastest growing economy. LiAnne Yu provides a multi-faceted portrait of the impact of increased consumption on urban spaces, social status, lifestyles, identities, and freedom of expression. The book also examines what is unique and what is universal about how consumer practices in China have developed, investigating the factors that differentiate them from what has been observed among the already mature consumer markets. Behind the often staggering statistics about China are the very human stories that highlight the emotional and social triggers behind consumption. This engaging book is a valuable resource for students, scholars and business professionals interested in a deeper understanding of what motivates China s consumers, and what challenges they face as more aspects of everyday life become commoditized.

Subjectivity, the Unconscious and Consumerism - Consuming Dreams (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Marlon Xavier Subjectivity, the Unconscious and Consumerism - Consuming Dreams (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Marlon Xavier
R2,516 R2,216 Discovery Miles 22 160 Save R300 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Subjectivity, the Unconscious and Consumerism is a unique and imaginative psycho-sociological exploration of how postmodern, contemporary consumerism invades and colonises human subjectivity. Investigating especially consumerism's unconscious aspects such as desires, imagination, and fantasy, it engages with an extensive analysis of dreams. The author frames these using a synthesis of Jungian psychology and the social imaginaries of Baudrillard and Bauman, in a dialogue with the theories of McDonaldization and Disneyization. The aim is to broaden our understanding of consumerism to include the perennial consumption of symbols and signs of identity - a process which is the basis for the fabrication of the commodified self. The book offers a profound, innovative critique of our consumption societies, challenging readers to rethink how we live, and how our identities are impacted by consumerism. As such it will be of interest to students and scholars of critical psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, but is also accessible to anyone interested in the complex psychology of contemporary subjectivity.

Psychological Ownership and Consumer Behavior (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Joann Peck, Suzanne B. Shu Psychological Ownership and Consumer Behavior (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Joann Peck, Suzanne B. Shu
R2,760 R2,607 Discovery Miles 26 070 Save R153 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This pathbreaking volume expands on the construct of psychological ownership, placing it in the contexts of both individual consumer behavior and the wider decision-making of consumer populations. An individual's feeling of ownership toward a target represents the perception that something is "mine!", and is highly relevant to buying and relating to specific goods, economic and health decision-making and, especially salient given today's privacy concerns, psychological ownership of digital content and personal data. Experts analyze the social conditions and cognitive processes concerning shared consumer experiences and psychological ownership. Contributors also discuss possibilities for socially responsible forms of psychological ownership using examples from environmental causes, and the behavioral mechanisms involved when psychological ownership becomes problematic, as in cases of hoarding. Included among the topics: Evidence from young children suggesting that even legal ownership is fundamentally psychological. Ownership, the extended self, and the extended object. Psychological ownership in financial decisions. The intersection of ownership and design. Can consumers perceive collective psychological ownership of an organization? Whose experience is it, anyway? Psychological ownership and enjoyment of shared experiences. Psychological ownership as a facilitator of sustainable behaviors including stewardship. Future research avenues in psychological ownership. Psychological Ownership and Consumer Behavior pinpoints research topics and real-world issues that will define the field in the coming years. It will be especially useful in graduate classes in marketing, consumer behavior, policy interventions, and business psychology.

Sustainable Consumption - Key Issues (Paperback): Lucie Middlemiss Sustainable Consumption - Key Issues (Paperback)
Lucie Middlemiss
R970 Discovery Miles 9 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sustainable Consumption: Key Issues provides a concise introduction to the field of sustainable consumption, outlining the contribution of the key disciplines in this multi-disciplinary area, and detailing the way in which both the problem and the potential for solutions are understood. Divided into three parts, the book begins by introducing the concept of sustainable consumption, outlining the environmental impacts of current consumption trends, and placing these impacts in social context. The central section looks at six contrasting explanations of sustainable consumption in the public domain, detailing the stories that are told about why people act in the way they do. This section also explores the theory and evidence around each of these stories, linking them to a range of disciplines and approaches in the social sciences. The final section takes a broader look at the solutions proposed by sustainable consumption scholars and practitioners, outlining the visions of the future that are put forward to counteract damage to environment and society. Each chapter highlights key authors and real-world examples to encourage students to broaden their understanding of the topic and to think critically about how their daily lives intersect with environmental and ethical issues. Exploring the ways in which critical thinking and an understanding of sustainable consumption can be used in daily life as well as in professional practice, this book is essential reading for students, academics, professionals and policy-makers with an interest in this growing field.

Social Change and the Coming of Post-consumer Society - Theoretical Advances and Policy Implications (Paperback): Maurie J.... Social Change and the Coming of Post-consumer Society - Theoretical Advances and Policy Implications (Paperback)
Maurie J. Cohen, Halina Szejnwald Brown, Philip J Vergragt
R1,053 Discovery Miles 10 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Consumer society is an unquestionably complex social construct. However, after decades of unremitting dominance there are signs emerging that it is starting to falter, both as a coherent and durable system of social organization and as a strategy for societal advancement. Debates concerning how we can transition beyond present energy- and materials-intensive consumer society are beginning to gain greater salience. Social Change and the Coming of Post-Consumer Society aims to develop more complete appreciation of the relevant processes of social change and to identify effective interventions that could enable a transition to supersede consumer society. Bringing together leading interdisciplinary experts on social change, the book identifies and analyzes several ongoing small- and modest-scale social experiments. Possibilities for macro-scale change from the interlinked perspectives of culture, economics, finance, and governance are then explored. These contributions expose the systemic problems that are emblematic of the current condition of consumer society, specifically the unsustainability of prevailing consumption practices and lifestyles and the persistence of inequalities. These observations are summarized and extended in the final chapter of the book. This volume will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainable consumption, sustainability transitions, environmental sociology, and sustainable development.

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