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Can we shop our way to a better world?
In this article Umair Mohammad summarizes arguments from the introduction and first chapter of his book Confronting Injustice: Social Activism in the Age of Individualism. Mohammad argues that lifesty...
Connexions Digest: Issue 51 - May 1990 - A Social Change Sourcebook
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The problem with gross domestic product is that there are no deductions involved: all economic activity is accounted as if it were of positive value. Social harm is added to, not subtracted from, soci...
Corporate Coercion and the Drive to Eliminate Buying with Cash
Consumer freedom and privacy are examined as coercive commercialism quickly moves toward a cashless economy, when all consumers are forced into corporate payment systems from credit/debit cards, mobil...
Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
While two-thirds of the world's population lives in poverty, valuable human and natural resources are used to produce: fur-covered toilet seats, electronic nail polish dryers, diapers for parakeets, a...
The Design of Everyday Things
Norman, Donald A.
A book about the problems of design and how good design can overcome the frustrations of everyday things.
False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness
Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class
Examines the insecurities of the middle class in an attempt to explain its turn to the right during the past two decades. Fear of Falling traces the myths about the middle class to their roots in the ...
The Illusion of Consumer Sovereignty
I tend to see the issue as social, economic, and political. I simply refuse to blame us consumers.
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