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Consumers, Waste and the 'Throwaway Society' Thesis: Some Observations on the Evidence

  title={Consumers, Waste and the 'Throwaway Society' Thesis: Some Observations on the Evidence},
  author={M. O-brien},
The 'throwaway society' thesis - invariably attributed to Vance Packard (1967) - is widespread in social commentary on post-war social change.It represents, simu ltaneously, a sociological analysis and a moral critique of recent social develop ment. In this art icle I take a brief look at the core of the 'throwaway society' thesis and make some co mment on its modern origins before p resenting and discussing data on household waste in Britain across the twentieth century.I conclude that there… Expand

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