Introduction The second half of the twentieth century was one of unprecedented growth in living standards for many in the Western world.  People were able to enjoy a wider range of products offering them technologically advanced solutions to their needs – more comfortable homes, a wider range of easy-to-cook foodstuffs, entertainment at home, and so on. However, by the closing decades of the century serious questions were being raised about the road to progress. A number of the solutions being provided by businesses were clearly…

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