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No-One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart

No-One Makes You Shop at Wal-Mart

by Tom Slee


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901897071068
Publisher: Between the Lines
Publication date: 05/15/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Tom Slee is a writer, researcher, activist, and software professional. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Chapter 1: A World of Choice

  • A Short Modern History of Choice
  • MarketThink
  • Wanted: A Better Way of Thinking about Choices
  • Jack Shops at Wal-Mart
Chapter 2: Good Choices and Bad Outcomes
  • Jack and Jill's Ugly Divorce
  • The Prisoner's Dilemma
  • Choosing the Right Words
  • Choosing the Right Starting Point
Chapter 3: 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
Chapter 4: 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
Chapter 5: Co-operation and Its Limits
  • Enduring Love
  • Choosing to Reciprocate
  • Choosing Not to Compete
  • Choosing in Groups and Crowds
  • Choosing Temptation
Chapter 6: Divide and Conquer
  • Choosing Not to Vote
  • Companies and Individual Choice
  • The Market as a Public Good
Chapter 7: That Obscure Object of Desire
  • Buying Sneakers at Whimsley Mall
  • Identifying the Real Choice
  • Game Theory: What Is It Good For?
Chapter 8: Join or Get Run Over
  • Choosing a Nightclub in Whimsley
  • A Selection of Herd Choices
  • Choosing Our Schools
  • Choosing Our Technologies
  • Fooled by Randomness
Chapter 9: 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
Chapter 10: Free to Choose, but Exploited
  • Power, Relationships, and Context
  • Choosing Stability
  • Choosing to Be Exploited
Chapter 11: Beyond Whimsley
  • The Ultimatum Game
  • Jill Hits the Ceiling
  • Choosing to Reject
  • A Backward Glance



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