The world and humanity are changing at an unprecedented rate. This book explores the processess that underlie this changing but coherent canvas. What is fuelling them? What is driving them? Can we control them? Mankind has always found ways to order life so as to reduce uncertainty and has sought to enhance the wellbeing of individuals, peoples and nations. In the modern and postmodern world, business and enterprise play a big role. Their tendency towards globalization needs to be understood and harnessed, not opposed out of hand or wished away, particularly because the tendency has not yet fully worked itself out. For sound understanding it is necessary to avoid seeing the issues through the eyes of one particular discipline. Hence this book also draws on material from history, anthropology, development economics, ICT, sociology and political science to help the reader gain insight into the processes that are occurring. It provides a signpost towards a new dynamic, in an increasingly integrated world, in which we observe an emergent form of globalization affecting the planet as a whole and the future of the people on it. MARKET 1: Lecturers, Researchers, Libraries, etc, in Univers
"Grocery shopping is an often ignored part of the story of how food ultimately gets to our pantry shelves and tables. A Theory of Grocery Shopping explores the social organization of grocery shopping by linking the lived experience of grocery shoppers and retail managers in the US with information transmitted by nutritionists, government employees, financial advisors, journalists, health care providers and marketers, who influence the way we think about and perform the work of shopping for a household's food. The author provides insight into the contradictory messages that shape how consumers provision their households, and details how consumers respond to these messages. The book challenges the consumer choice model that places responsibility on the shopper for making the ""right"" choice at the grocery store, thereby ignoring the larger social forces at work, which determine what products are available and how they get to the shelves."