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Priceless - The Hidden Psychology of Value (Paperback): William Poundstone Priceless - The Hidden Psychology of Value (Paperback)
William Poundstone
R273 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R33 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Prada stores carry a few obscenely expensive items in order to boost sales for everything else (which look like bargains in comparison). People used to download music for free, then Steve Jobs convinced them to pay. How? By charging 99 cents. That price has a hypnotic effect: the profit margin of the 99 Cents Only store is twice that of Wal-Mart. Why do text messages cost money, while e-mails are free? Why do jars of peanut butter keep getting smaller in order to keep the price the “same”? The answer is simple: prices are a collective hallucination. In "Priceless," the bestselling author William Poundstone reveals the hidden psychology of value. In psychological experiments, people are unable to estimate “fair” prices accurately and are strongly influenced by the unconscious, irrational, and politically incorrect. It hasn’t taken long for marketers to apply these findings. “Price consultants” advise retailers on how to convince consumers to pay more for less, and negotiation coaches offer similar advice for businesspeople cutting deals. The new psychology of price dictates the design of price tags, menus, rebates, “sale” ads, cell phone plans, supermarket aisles, real estate offers, wage packages, tort demands, and corporate buyouts. Prices are the most pervasive hidden persuaders of all. Rooted in the emerging field of behavioral decision theory, "Priceless" should prove indispensable to anyone who negotiates.

A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption (Hardcover): K. Ilmonen A Social and Economic Theory of Consumption (Hardcover)
K. Ilmonen; David Kivinen; Edited by P. Sulkunen; Keijo Rahkonen, Jukka Gronow, …
R2,365 Discovery Miles 23 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Kaj Ilmonen was a pioneer in the third wave of the sociology of consumption. This book provides a balanced overview of the sociology of consumption, arguing that the enthusiasm of 'the third wave' exaggerated the role of the symbolic and imaginary at the expense of the materiality of human societies.

Religion, Consumerism and Sustainability - Paradise Lost? (Hardcover): L. Thomas Religion, Consumerism and Sustainability - Paradise Lost? (Hardcover)
L. Thomas
R2,232 Discovery Miles 22 320 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

To varying degrees, classic religions are associated with critique of materialistic values. Onto this opposition of the market and the temple other binaries have been grafted, so that 'North' and the 'West' are portrayed as secular and materialistic, 'South' and 'East' either as 'tigers' pursuing western-style affluence and economic growth or locked into retrospective fundamentalisms. These characterisations are called into question in a context of diversity and global movements of peoples and goods. In this collection this complexity is addressed in an analysis of the interconnections between religious and consumption practices and cultures, and the ways in which both are responding to the ecological threat posed by continuous economic growth. International in scope, the book combines empirical and theoretical work in its attempt to interrogate the traditional opposition of spiritual and materialistic values, and to explore the interplay of religious and consuming passions in contemporary cultures. This analysis leads to a consideration of the ways in which religions and secular spiritualities can contribute to a new ecological consciousness, and to the adoption of less destructive and rapacious ways of life.

The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure (Paperback): P. Bramham, S. Wagg The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure (Paperback)
P. Bramham, S. Wagg
R1,647 Discovery Miles 16 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores the new politics of leisure and pleasure in relation to a range of popular activities. Current generations in Western societies are essentially recipients of the changes that the Sixties - fabled decade of sex, drugs and rock n' roll - left behind. In their leisure lives - whether drinking, reading, surfing the net, taking drugs, going to a comedy gig, watching TV, taking a holiday, downloading music, supporting a football club, having a bet, having sex or simply roaming the countryside - people seem to enjoy unprecedented freedoms. But what are these freedoms? How are they exercised? And to what extent have traditional controls been relinquished?

Globesity, Food Marketing and Family Lifestyles (Hardcover): Stephen Kline Globesity, Food Marketing and Family Lifestyles (Hardcover)
Stephen Kline
R2,245 Discovery Miles 22 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"This book examines the public controversies surrounding lifestyle risks in the consumer society. Comparing news coverage of the globesity pandemic in Britain and the USA, it illustrates the way moral panic brought childrens food marketing to the centre of the policy debates about consumer lifestyles"--

The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure (Hardcover): P. Bramham, S. Wagg The New Politics of Leisure and Pleasure (Hardcover)
P. Bramham, S. Wagg
R2,443 Discovery Miles 24 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a broad sweep from Central Europe to Ireland and from the Sixteenth to the early Nineteenth-century, this work puts the Jewish community and its rabbinic and 'lay' leaders at the centre of Jewish history. Of surpassing value is Kochan's treatment of the community not only as a religious but also as a political unit. It shows the community at grips with the Reformation and the introduction of the ghetto system in the Italian states. Thence to the great maritime centre of Venice, Amsterdam, Hamburg and London, under the dominance of the Sephardi exiles from Spain and Portugal; and also to the metropolitan centres of Prague, Vienna and Berlin and the liaison of their court-Jews with the Hapsburgs, Bourbons and Hohenzollerns. This was not achieved without severe tension inside the communities and, whilst eschewing the concept of class-struggle, Kochan's analysis of the clash of interests between the few wealthy and the multitude of poor Jews raises doubts about the whole notion of 'community'.

Configuring Health Consumers - Health Work and the Imperative of Personal Responsibility (Hardcover): R. Harris, N Wathen, S... Configuring Health Consumers - Health Work and the Imperative of Personal Responsibility (Hardcover)
R. Harris, N Wathen, S Wyatt
R2,247 Discovery Miles 22 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explore assumptions underpinning contemporary health policy discourses that emphasize personal responsibility for health, consider how they attach to changing information technologies, and discuss their influence on emerging forms of health 'work'.

Political Virtue and Shopping - Individuals, Consumerism, and Collective Action (Paperback, Revised and Upd): M. Micheletti Political Virtue and Shopping - Individuals, Consumerism, and Collective Action (Paperback, Revised and Upd)
M. Micheletti
R1,745 Discovery Miles 17 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Political consumerism is turning the market into a site for politics and ethics. It is consumer choice of producers and products on the basis of attitudes and values of personal and family well-being as well as ethical or political assessment of business and government practice. In the face of economic globalization and a regulatory vacuum, consumers increasingly take responsibility in their own hands, making the market an important venue for political action through their decisions of what to purchase. This book opens the readers' eyes to a new way of viewing everyday consumer choices and the role of the market in our lives, illuminating the broader theoretical and historical context of concerns about sweatshops, responsible coffee, and ethical and free trade. Contemporary forms of political consumerism - boycotts, labelling schemes, stewardship certification, socially responsible investing, etc. - are described and evaluated. Individual actions are shown to be important in the complexity of globalization.

The Objects of Affection - Semiotics and Consumer Culture (Hardcover): A. Berger The Objects of Affection - Semiotics and Consumer Culture (Hardcover)
A. Berger
R2,430 Discovery Miles 24 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"A fascinating investigation that explains semiotics, the science of signs, and shows how it can help us understand the way marketing and advertising shape our behavior as consumers and the way we use brands to help create our public identities. Semiotics deals with the messages we are always sending about ourselves by the clothes we wear, our facial expressions, our body language, and the objects we purchase. It also helps us learn how to interpret the messages that others are always sending to us. The book also analyzes a number of the "objects of our affection" such as toasters, teddy bears, hamburgers and computers. In the appendix, there are a number of learning games and activities that involve using semiotics to better understand consumer culture"--Provided by publisher.

Fitness Culture - Gyms and the Commercialisation of Discipline and Fun (Hardcover): Roberta Sassatelli Fitness Culture - Gyms and the Commercialisation of Discipline and Fun (Hardcover)
Roberta Sassatelli
R2,871 Discovery Miles 28 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book provides a sociological perspective on fitness culture as developed in commercial gyms, investigating the cultural relevance of gyms in terms of the history of the commercialization of body discipline, the negotiation of gender identities and distinction dynamics within contemporary cultures of consumption.

Spaces for Consumption (Paperback): Steven Miles Spaces for Consumption (Paperback)
Steven Miles
R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Spaces for Consumption Steven Miles develops a penetrating critique of a key shift characterising the contemporary city. Theoretically informed, the other strength of the volume lies in the wealth of examples that are drawn upon to show how cities are becoming spaces for consumption, which has itself rapidly become a global phenomenon." - Ronan Paddison, University of Glasgow "This is a great book. Powerfully written and lucid, it provides a thorough introduction to concepts of consumption as they relate to the spaces of cities. The spaces themselves - the airports, the shopping malls, the museums and cultural quarters - are analysed in marvellous detail, and with a keen sense of historical precedent. And, refreshingly, Miles doesn't simply dismiss cultures of consumption out of hand, but shows how as consumers we are complicit in, and help define those cultures. His book makes a major contribution to our understanding of contemporary cities, but is accessible enough to appeal to any reader with an interest in this important area." - Richard Williams, Edinburgh University Spaces for Consumption offers an in-depth and sophisticated analysis of the processes that underpin the commodification of the city and explains the physical manifestation of consumerism as a way of life. Engaging directly with the social, economic and cultural processes that have resulted in our cities being defined through consumption this vibrant book clearly demonstrates the ways in which consumption has come to play a key role in the re-invention of the post-industrial city The book provides a critical understanding of how consumption redefines the consumers' relationship to place using empirical examples and case studies to bring the issues to life. It discusses many of the key spaces and arenas in which this redefinition occurs including: shopping themed space mega-events architecture Developing the notion of 'contrived communality' Steven Miles outlines the ways in which consumption, alongside the emergence of an increasingly individualized society, constructs a new kind of relationship with the public realm. Clear, sophisticated and dynamic this book will be essential reading for students and researchers alike in sociology, human geography, architecture, planning, marketing, leisure and tourism, cultural studies and urban studies.

Childhood and Consumer Culture (Hardcover): D Buckingham, V Tingstad Childhood and Consumer Culture (Hardcover)
D Buckingham, V Tingstad
R2,247 Discovery Miles 22 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"In recent years children have become an increasingly important consumer market, and there is growing concern about the commercialisation of childhood. This book sheds light on these debates, offering new empirical data and challenging critical perspectives on childrens engagement with consumer culture from a wide range of international settings"--

The Objects of Affection - Semiotics and Consumer Culture (Paperback): A. Berger The Objects of Affection - Semiotics and Consumer Culture (Paperback)
A. Berger
R1,619 Discovery Miles 16 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"A fascinating investigation that explains semiotics, the science of signs, and shows how it can help us understand the way marketing and advertising shape our behavior as consumers and the way we use brands to help create our public identities. Semiotics deals with the messages we are always sending about ourselves by the clothes we wear, our facial expressions, our body language, and the objects we purchase. It also helps us learn how to interpret the messages that others are always sending to us. The book also analyzes a number of the "objects of our affection" such as toasters, teddy bears, hamburgers and computers. In the appendix, there are a number of learning games and activities that involve using semiotics to better understand consumer culture"--Provided by publisher.

Childhood and Consumer Culture (Paperback): D Buckingham, V Tingstad Childhood and Consumer Culture (Paperback)
D Buckingham, V Tingstad
R1,549 Discovery Miles 15 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In recent years children have become an increasingly important consumer market, and there is growing concern about the 'commercialisation' of childhood. This book sheds light on these debates, offering new empirical data and challenging critical perspectives on children's engagement with consumer culture from a wide range of international settings.

Diez leyes irrefutables para la destruccion y la restauracion economica - Una historia destinada a cambiar para siempre tu... Diez leyes irrefutables para la destruccion y la restauracion economica - Una historia destinada a cambiar para siempre tu futuro economico (Spanish, Paperback)
Andres Panasiuk
R264 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R79 (30%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"La razon era clara. Simeon sabia algo que Maurus, en su juventud, todavia ignoraba. Y ese nefasto domingo, 18 de septiembre del ano 634, mientras miraba el rostro desconcertado de su hijo, decidio que habia llegado la hora de compartir el secreto que la familia habia guardado con tanto celo por mas de quinientos anos..."

Asi inicia la historia que el autor bestseller Andres Panasiuk nos brinda ahora con "Las diez leyes irrefutables para la destruccion y restauracion economica."

Si sigues haciendo lo mismo de siempre, nunca tendras resultados diferentes. La unica manera de salir de la miseria economica en la que vives es rechazando las leyes de la destruccion economica y abrazando las leyes de la restauracion financiera. Las leyes de destruccion economica son la Ley del Corazon Infeliz, la Ley del Alma Impaciente, la Ley del Espiritu Independiente, la Ley de la Mente Desorganizada y la Ley de la Siembra y la Cosecha. En contraste, las leyes de la restauracion financiera incluyen la Ley de las Manos Productivas, la Ley del Corazon Humilde, la Ley del Alma Arrepentida y la de los Labios que Confiesan, la Ley de los Pies Convertidos y la Ley Universal de la Eleccion.

Advertising, Commercial Spaces and the Urban (Hardcover): Anne M. Cronin Advertising, Commercial Spaces and the Urban (Hardcover)
Anne M. Cronin
R2,245 Discovery Miles 22 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Providing a detailed account of contemporary outdoor advertising and its relationship with urban space, this book examines what the outdoor advertising industry tells us about the commercial production of urban space, what industry practices reveal about contemporary capitalism, and how ads and billboard structures interface with spaces of the city.

Who's Responsible Here? - Media, Audience, Ethics (Paperback): Robert A. Emmons Who's Responsible Here? - Media, Audience, Ethics (Paperback)
Robert A. Emmons
R2,924 Discovery Miles 29 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Description: Who's Responsible Here? Media, Audience, Ethics presents essays that challenge readers to examine and take responsibility for their role as media consumers. While there are undeniable ethical responsibilities placed upon a medium or media outlet and the content it creates, the media cycle that the audience participates in also requires a level of awareness and active participation of the consumer. The articles in Who's Responsible Here? first acclimate the reader to the language of media and audience studies with essays on communication, media, and audience theory. They then guide readers through contemporary ethical issues and concerns within the media before finally turning attention to the audience and their role. Ultimately, the articles create a discussion on defining the relationship and responsibilities between media and society. This is especially important at a time when the democratization of media has allowed audiences to become content producers themselves. Bio Robert A. Emmons Jr. is a digital documentary filmmaker. His films include: Enthusiast: The 9th Art, Wolf at the Door, Yardsale , Goodwill: The Flight of Emilio Carranz, and De Luxe: The Tale of the Blue Comet. In 2009 he received Mexico's Lindbergh-Carranza International Goodwill Award as a "Messenger of Peace" for his work on Goodwill. His published work focuses on electronic media, documentary film, and comic books and includes The Encyclopedia of Documentary Film (Routledge, 2005) and Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools (Univ. of Minn. 2007). Emmons teaches film, media, and comics history at Rutgers University-Camden where he is also the Associate Director of the Honors College.

Children, Food and Identity in Everyday Life (Hardcover): A James, A Kjorholt, V Tingstad Children, Food and Identity in Everyday Life (Hardcover)
A James, A Kjorholt, V Tingstad
R2,430 Discovery Miles 24 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores the significance of food practices for childhood identities, from early babyhood to middle childhood and teenage years. It examines how children and families negotiate food and eating practices; what influence the media has on these; the role institutions play; and how far class and ethnicity shape the food that children eat.

State of the World 2010 - Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability (Paperback, 2010): The Worldwatch Institute State of the World 2010 - Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability (Paperback, 2010)
The Worldwatch Institute
R543 R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 Save R70 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For society to thrive long into the future, we must move beyond our unsustainable consumer culture to one that respects environmental realities. In State of the World 2010, the Worldwatch Institute s award-winning research team reveals not only how human societies can make this shift but also how people around the world have already started to nurture a new culture of sustainability. Chapters present innovative solutions to global environmental problems, focusing on institutions that are the principal engineers of culture, such as governments, the media, and religious organizations. Written in clear, concise language, with easy-to-read charts and tables, State of the World presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore."

The Sociology of Elite Distinction - From Theoretical to Comparative Perspectives (Hardcover): J. Daloz The Sociology of Elite Distinction - From Theoretical to Comparative Perspectives (Hardcover)
J. Daloz
R1,656 Discovery Miles 16 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"This major new contribution to the study of consumption examines how dominant groups express and display their sense of superiority through material and aesthetic attributes, demonstrating that differences from one society to another, and across historical periods, challenge current understandings of elite distinction"--Provided by publisher.

Food, People and Society - A European Perspective of Consumers' Food Choices (Hardcover, 2001 ed.): Lynn J. Frewer, Einar... Food, People and Society - A European Perspective of Consumers' Food Choices (Hardcover, 2001 ed.)
Lynn J. Frewer, Einar Risvik, Hendrik Schifferstein
R5,575 R4,411 Discovery Miles 44 110 Save R1,164 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book, edited and authored by a group of scientists experienced in European cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research in the field of consumer food perceptions, sensory evaluation, product image and risk research, delivers a unique insight into decision making and food consumption of the European consumer. The volume is essential reading for those involved in product development, market research and consumer science in food and agro industries and academic research. It brings together experts from different disciplines in order to address fundamental issues to do with predicting food choice, consumer behavior and societal trust into quality and safety regulatory systems. The importance of the social and psychological context and the cross-cultural differences and how they influence food choice are also covered in great detail.

Interpreting Consumer Choice - The Behavioural Perspective Model (Hardcover, New): Gordon Foxall Interpreting Consumer Choice - The Behavioural Perspective Model (Hardcover, New)
Gordon Foxall
R4,318 Discovery Miles 43 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Interpretive consumer research usually proceeds with a minimum of structure and preconceptions. This book presents a more structured approach than is usual, showing how a simple framework that embodies the rewards and costs associated with consumer choice can be used to interpret a wide range of consumer behaviours from everyday purchasing and saving, innovative choice, imitation, 'green' consumer behavior, to compulsive behaviors such as addictions (to shopping, to gambling, to alcohol and other drugs, etc). Foxall takes a qualitative approach to interpreting behavior, focusing on the epistemological problems that arise in such research and emphasizing the emotional as well as cognitive aspects of consumption.

The author argues that consumer behaviour can be understood with the aid of a very simple model that proposes how the consequences of consumption impact consumers' subsequent choices. The objective is to show that a basic model can be used to interpret consumer behaviour in general, not in isolation from the marketing influences that shape it, but as a course of human choice that is dynamically linked with managerial concerns.

The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure - Habermas and Leisure at the End of Modernity (Hardcover): K. Spracklen The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure - Habermas and Leisure at the End of Modernity (Hardcover)
K. Spracklen
R2,236 Discovery Miles 22 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book uses the work of Jurgen Habermas to interrogate leisure as a meaningful, theoretical concept. Drawing on examples from sport, culture and tourism, and going beyond concerns about the grand project of leisure, Spracklen argues that leisure is central to understanding wider debates about identity, postmodernity and globalization.

The Long Tail - How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand (Paperback): Chris Anderson The Long Tail - How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand (Paperback)
Chris Anderson 1
R261 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R34 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What happens when there is almost unlimited choice? When everything becomes available to everyone? And when the combined value of the millions of items that only sell in small quantities equals or even exceeds the value of a handful of best-sellers? In this ground-breaking book, Chris Anderson shows that the future of business does not lie in hits - the high-volume end of a traditional demand curve - but in what used to be regarded as misses - the endlessly long tail of that same curve. As our world is transformed by the Internet and the near infinite choice it offers consumers, so traditional business models are being overturned and new truths revealed about what consumers want and how they want to get it. Chris Anderson first explored the Long Tail in an article in Wired magazine that has become one of the most influential business essays of our time. Now, in this eagerly anticipated book, he takes a closer look at the new economics of the Internet age, showing where business is going and exploring the huge opportunities that exist: for new producers, new e-tailers, and new tastemakers. He demonstrates how long tail economics apply to industries ranging from the toy business to advertising to kitchen appliances. He sets down the rules for operating in a long tail economy. And he provides a glimpse of a future that's already here.

CONTRADICTIONS OF CONSUMPTION (Paperback, Ed): T. Edwards CONTRADICTIONS OF CONSUMPTION (Paperback, Ed)
T. Edwards
R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How has consumer society develop? What are the social divisions, politics and policies associated with consumption? How do consumer practices have social significance?;This accessible text book shows how consumption is increasingly important in dominating our individual lives and indeed the entire development and direction of contemporary society, nationality and internationally. Consumption is inherently contradictory in its nature and meaning. The most rapturous form of shopping, for example clothes purchasing on unlimited plastic in a shopping mall, may turn into the mops tortuous as th shopper tires, the clothes don't fit, and the car park is cramped. Tim Edwards argues that the practice of consumption itself and consumer society more widely is often socially divisive and iniquitous, and examines the extent to which consumer power is real or illusory. He provides a thorough analysis and critique of the theories, practices and politics of consumer society. In particular, this book addresses th social divisions of consumption through topics such as fashion, advertising and marketing, s well as more classical and contemporary theories of consumer society. It will appeal to a wide

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