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Michael Carolan is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Colorado State University, USA. He is the author of several books, including "The Real Cost of Cheap Food", "The Sociology of Food and Agriculture", "Reclaiming Food Security" and "Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues".

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Do you really think you are getting a good deal when given that free mobile phone for switching service providers, if a multinational retailer undercuts its competitors or by the fact that food is relatively cheaper today in many countries than ever before? Think again! As Michael Carolan clearly shows in this compelling book, cheapness is an illusion. The real cost of low prices is alarmingly high. It is shown for example that citizens are frequently subsidising low prices through welfare support to poorly-paid workers in their own country, or relying on the exploitation of workers in poor countries for cheap goods. Environmental pollution may not be costed into goods and services, but is paid for indirectly by people living away from its source or by future generations. Even with private cars, when the total costs of this form of mobility are tallied it proves to be an astronomically expensive model of transportation. All of these costs need to be accounted for. The author captures these issues by the concept of "cheaponomics". The key point is that costs and risks are socialised: we all pay for cheapness, but not at the point of purchase. Drawing on a wide range of examples and issues from over-consumption and waste to over-work, unemployment, inequality, and the depersonalising of communities, it is convincingly shown that cheapness can no longer be seen as such a bargain. Instead we need to refocus for a better sense of well-being, social justice and a balanced approach to prosperity.


1. Free Enterprise, Socialism, and Cheaponomics Part 1: Cheap Stuff 2. You Bought that Computer but Someone Else Paid for It 3. Free Plastic Bags (and Other Costly Ephemeral Commodities) 4. The High Cost of Cheap Foods Part 2: Cheap Economies and Communities 5. The Real Cost of Automobiles and Car-munities 6. Retail Concentration and Rock-bottom Prices...But at What Cost? 7. Working Less for More Part 3: Transitioning toward Affordability 8. Comforting the Productivist Zombie 9. Real Prosperity is Priceless 10. Ten Recommendations for the Good, Affordable, and Affording

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Titre: Cheaponomics
Sous-titre: The High Costs of Low Prices
Code EAN: 9780415735155
ISBN: 0415735157
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Genre: Généralités et lexiques
nombre de pages: 215
Poids: 353g
Taille: H233mm x B154mm x T15mm
Année: 2014


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