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Understanding Planned Obsolescence

Understanding Planned Obsolescence

Unsustainability Through Production, Consumption and Waste Generation

Kamila Pope


Considers the cost and consequences of planned obsolescence and its negative effects.

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About the book

Planned obsolescence is a strategy used to make products obsolete, leading to their premature replacement. The result is the over exploitation of natural resources, increased waste and detrimental social impacts. It is a known practice in consumer electronics and affects other industries as they put profit before consequence.
This ground-breaking new book looks at the cost and impact of planned obsolescence. It considers the legal and economic frameworks behind the practice and how to mitigate it's effects. It also unearths new patterns of production and consumption highlighting more sustainable development models.
Understanding Planned Obsolescence includes a wide range of case studies from Europe, USA and South America.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Identifying the causes, consequences and history of planned obsolescence;
    • Chapter - 01: Consumer society: a product of the growthist economy;
    • Chapter - 02: Planned obsolescence as an instrument of the growthist economy and its socio-environmental consequences;
  • Section - TWO: How to overcome planned obsolescence: from theory to practice;
    • Chapter - 03: Sustainability in economics and law: the greening of sciences in the search for a new paradigm;
    • Chapter - 04: The sustainability paradigm as the foundation to tackle planned obsolescence: new perspectives;
  • Section - THREE: Final considerations

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749478056
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd January 2017
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 240 pages

About the Author

Kamila Pope is an Environmental Law and Bio-law lecturer, researcher and lawyer. She has published a plethora of articles, chapters and papers covering Environmental Law, Sustainability, Planned Obsolescence and Waste Management.

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