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Dystopia and economics : a guide to surviving everything from the apocalypse to zombies

Author: Charity-Joy Revere Acchiardo; Michelle Albert Vachris
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Series: Routledge economics and popular culture.
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Government collapsing? Zombies hunting you down? Everyone you know killed by a global epidemic? Not to worry! Economics holds the keys to survival. Often known as "the dismal science", it is particularly equipped to reveal order in what seems like chaos. Economists observe human behaviour: what leads us to take action, and the subsequent consequences. However, the choices made by individuals are not made in  Read more...
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Dystopia and economics.
New York : Routledge, 2018
(DLC) 2017052634
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charity-Joy Revere Acchiardo; Michelle Albert Vachris
ISBN: 9781138051355 1138051357 9781138051362 1138051365
OCLC Number: 1010699452
Description: xvii, 82 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: The walking econ : learning economics from The Walking Dead / by Tawni H. Ferrarini --
Never a lovely day : the wretched economics of Mad Max : Fury Road / by Michelle Albert Vachris and G. Dirk Mateer --
The odds are never in your favor : preventing economic growth in The Hunger Games / by J. Brian O'Roark --
The Divergent economics of factions and governing / By Samuel R. Staley --
Choice, liberty and repression in A Clockwork Orange / by Wayne Geerling --
Last man rules! / by Charity-Joy Revere Acchiardo.
Series Title: Routledge economics and popular culture.
Responsibility: edited by Charity-Joy Revere Acchiardo and Michelle Albert Vachris.

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Government collapsing? Zombies hunting you down? Everyone you know killed by a global epidemic? Not to worry! Economics holds the keys to survival. Often known as "the dismal science", it is particularly equipped to reveal order in what seems like chaos. Economists observe human behaviour: what leads us to take action, and the subsequent consequences. However, the choices made by individuals are not made in isolation; they influence and are influenced by the actions of others. A set of rules, even if unwritten, guides human behaviour. Foundational economic principles stand firmly in place, even when society is breaking down, and an understanding of these basic tenets of societies is essential to surviving the end of the world as we know it. In this book, the authors draw from popular culture to show economic principles at work in the dystopian societies depicted in The Walking Dead, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games, Divergent, A Clockwork Orange, and Last Man on Earth. In each society, its members face resource and social constraints that incentivize particular behaviours and lead to predictable outcomes. How does human behaviour change when resources are severely limited, the legal system breaks down, or individual freedom is stifled? The examples presented here shed an eerie light on the principles that guide our actions every day. This book provides a user-friendly introduction to economics suitable for a general audience as well as devoted students of the discipline.

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