The only book of its kind, this two-volume, alphabetically arranged reference covers a broad array of topics related to consumer rights, including those of interest to often-overlooked populations such as older adults, veterans, and the homeless. Specific entries address critical areas including food and product safety, housing, health care, the financial industry, the automobile industry, and telecommunications. The encyclopedia reviews the historical development of the consumer movement, examines beliefs and values that drive the movement, and identifies agencies and laws intended to safeguard consumers.
Expert contributors discuss key current issues as well as those likely to arise in the future. Vignettes and case studies are used throughout, and various, sometimes contrasting viewpoints are shared to help readers better understand the content. Related topics are easily discovered through a “see also” list, and additional readings are provided at the end of each entry.
- Traces the background, history, and chronology of the consumer movement
- Presents A–Z entries on key events and individuals, government agencies, watchdog groups, and products
- Provides balanced coverage of controversial topics to encourage critical thinking
- Offers readers immediate opportunities to put concepts into practice and improve their quality of life