No One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart The Surprising Deceptions of Individual Choice

ISBN-10: 189707106X

ISBN-13: 9781897071069

Edition: 2006

Authors: Tom Slee
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Description: As corporations gain more and more power in our political, social, and cultural worlds, our freedom to choose has taken on new meaning. Upset with your local big box store? Vote with your feet! Object to unfair hiring practices at your neighbourhood fast food restaurant? Vote with your feet! Want to protest the opening of that new multinational coffeeshop across the street from the mom-and-pop java joint? Vote with your feet! But what if it's not that simple? But what are the implications of our fervent belief in the power of choice? Today, individual choice is the lynchpin of a neoconservative corporate ideology Slee calls MarketThink. Individual choice, he argues, is not inherently bad--but is it the societal fix-all that our corporations and governments claim it is? A spirited treatise, this timely, provocative book makes you think about your choices in new ways.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Between the Lines
Publication date: 5/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
A World of Choice
A Short Modern History of Choice
MarketThink
Wanted: A Better Way of Thinking about Choices
Jack Shops at WalMart
Good Choices and Bad Outcomes
Jack and Jill's Ugly Divorce
The Prisoner's Dilemma
Choosing the Right Words
Choosing the Right Starting Point
Private Choices and Public Failures
Jill Drops a Coffee Cup
Choosing Our Environment
Choosing Our Cities
Choosing Where to Shop
The Kind of Problem a City Is
Arms Races and Red Queens
Jack Keeps up with the Joneses
A Selection of Arms Races
Choosing to Be Cool
From Commodity to Status Symbol
Co-operation and Its Limits
Enduring Love
Choosing to Reciprocate
Choosing Not to Compete
Choosing in Groups and Crowds
Choosing Temptation
Divide and Conquer
Choosing Not to Vote
Companies and Individual Choice
The Market as a Public Good
That Obscure Object of Desire
Buying Sneakers at Whimsley Mall
Identifying the Real Choice
Game Theory: What Is It Good For?
Join or Get Run Over
Choosing a Nightclub in Whimsley
A Selection of Herd Choices
Choosing Our Schools
Choosing Our Technologies
Fooled by Randomness
The Devil You Know
Jack Goes to the Movies
Choosing Our Fashions
Choosing Our Culture
Jill Buys a Lemon
A Basket of Lemons
Choosing Where to Eat
Squeezing the Lemons
Free to Choose, but Exploited
Power, Relationships, and Context
Choosing Stability
Choosing to Be Exploited
Beyond Whimsley
The Ultimatum Game
Jill Hits the Ceiling
Choosing to Reject
A Backward Glance
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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