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Challenging choices : ideology, consumerism and policy

Author: Michael Clarke
Publisher: Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR : Policy Press, 2010.
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This lively and topical book provides a critique of choice in contemporary society and policy. Having choices empowers us, but constant extension of choice overwhelms us. In a concise and readable style, the author considers whether choice enhances or burdens our lives, and questions the blithe assumption that more choice is always for the better.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Clarke, Michael, 1945-
Challenging choices.
Bristol, UK ; Portland, OR : Policy Press, 2010
(OCoLC)432408387
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Clarke
ISBN: 9781847428660 1847428665 1282754343 9781282754348
OCLC Number: 664565734
Description: 1 online resource (iv, 211 pages)
Contents: Cover --
Challenging Choices --
Contents --
Preface --
Introduction --
Part One: Choice And Consumerism --
1. What Is Choice? --
2. Making Choices: Just Fun? --
Opportunity Cost, Regret And Complexity --
Adapting To Choice: Maximisers And Satisficers --
Reversibility And Provision --
Individual And Collective Choice --
Making Choices More Or Less Stressful --
Adaptation: A Sting In The Tail --
3. Choice And The Consumer Society --
Industrialisation And The Acceptance Of Constant Change --
The Political Consequences Of Industrialisation --
Markets And Their Problems --
Engaging With The Problems: Socialism And Social Democracy --
The Inevitability Of Social Democracy --
The Rise Of Affluence And The New Right --
The Coming Of Affluence --
The Legacy Of The New Right: The Consumer Society --
The Politics Of Consumerist Choice --
Credit And Consumerism --
Consumerism And The EmperorS New Clothes --
Tolerance As A Leading Value Of Consumerism --
Choice, Tolerance And Meaning --
4. When Choice Does Not Work --
Does Choice Overwhelm Or Empower? --
Professionals And Other Experts: Intermediaries --
Provision --
Popular Music And Broadcasting: Counter-Examples? --
5. Some Wider Problems With Choice --
Cartels And Competition --
The Problems Of Intervention --
Pubs And Beer --
Cartels: A Permanent Feature Of The Modern Economy --
Choice And The Big Lie --
Cars --
Supermarkets --
Retail Financial Services --
Bad Choices --
Credit And The Money Illusion --
Choice And Duty --
Conclusion: Spoiled For Choice --
Part Two: Choice And The Life Cycle --
6. Introduction: Choice And The Life Cycle --
7. Jobs And Careers --
8. Lovers, Partners, Spouses --
9. Fertility And Family --
Child Rearing --
10. Retirement --
11. Death --
The Current Debate --
The Problems Of Care --
Part Three: Conclusions --
12. Choice And Meaning --
Religion As A Support For Meaning --
Individualism And The Retreat Into Self In The Search For Meaning: Hedonism --
The Retreat Into Self: Self-Improvement --
Choice And Meaning: Three Options --
13. Conclusion --
Notes And Sources --
Index.
Responsibility: Michael Clarke.

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