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1st Edition

Managing Overflow in Affluent Societies

ISBN 9780415754514
Published April 9, 2014 by Routledge
200 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

“It is simply too much” is a common complaint of the modern age. This book looks at how people and institutions deal with overflow - of information, consumption or choices. The essays explore the ways in which notions of overflow – framed in terms of excess and abundance or their implicit opposites, scarcity and dearth – crop up in a number of contexts such as sociological and economic theory, management consulting, consumer studies, and the politics of everyday life. Chapters range from studies of overload at home, at work or in the world of cyber information; strategies of coping with overflow in institutions such as news agencies; and historical comparisons. When, where, how and for whom is overflow a problem or a blessing?

Table of Contents

1. The Inherited Theories of Overflow and Their Challengers  Orvar Löfgren and Barbara Czarniawska  2. Pompes Funèbres and the Overflowing of Ostentatious Funerals  Pascale Trompette  3. News Agencies: The Places Where Information Permanently Overflows  Barbara Czarniawska  4: "In Datamatrix Veritas"? Managing Wine Flow and Information Overflow with a Two-Dimensional Barcode  Franck Cochoy  5. Book Reviewing For Amazon.Com: How Socio-Technical Systems Struggle to Make Less from More  Trevor Pinch  6. Scenes from a Marriage: Regulating Flows Between Work and Home  Gideon Kunda  7. It’s Simply Too Much! Coping with Domestic Overflow  Orvar Löfgren  8. Cozy Friday: An Analysis of Family Togetherness and Ritual Overconsumption  Helene Brembeck  9. Waste in Overflow  Lynn Åkesson  10. Afterword: Keep Calm and Carry On? The Economic History of Overflow  Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

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Orvar Löfgren is Professor Emeritus of European Ethnology at Lund University, Sweden.

Barbara Czarniawska is Professor of Management Studies at GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg, Sweden.