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Understanding Planned Obsolescence

Understanding Planned Obsolescence

Unsustainability Through Production, Consumption and Waste Management

Kamila Pope


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

Available to pre-order from 3rd October 2016
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About the book

Planned obsolescence is when a product is deliberately designed to have a specific life span. This results in the overexploitation of natural resources, increased waste, with huge social impacts. It is very well known in industries such as consumer electronics, but it is now creeping into other sectors.

This ground-breaking new book looks at the cost and consequences of planned obsolescence and its negative effects. It considers the sustainability, legal and economic theories behind it, how to mitigate these manufacturing strategies and find new ways of working. Understanding Planned Obsolescence includes a wide range of case studies from Europe, the 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 a lecturer and researcher of Environmental Law and Biolaw. She has had many book chapters, papers and articles published about Environmental Law, Sustainability, Planned Obsolescence and Waste Management, amongst others.

Kamila Pope