“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?

chapter 1|12 pages

The Inherited Theories of Overflow and Their Challengers

ByOrvar Löfgren, Barbara Czarniawska

chapter 3|21 pages

News Agencies

The Places Where Information Permanently Overflows
ByBarbara Czarniawska

chapter 4|16 pages

“In datamatrix veritas”?

Managing Wine Flow and Information Overflow with a Two-Dimensional Barcode
ByFranck Cochoy

chapter 5|20 pages

Book Reviewing for Amazon.com

How Socio-technical Systems Struggle to Make Less from More
ByTrevor Pinch

chapter 6|13 pages

Scenes from a Marriage

Regulating Flows between Work and Home
ByGideon Kunda

chapter 7|24 pages

It's Simply Too Much!

Coping with Domestic Overflow
ByOrvar Löfgren

chapter 8|16 pages

Cozy Friday

An Analysis of Family Togetherness and Ritual Overconsumption
ByHelene Brembeck

chapter 9|14 pages

Waste in Overflow

ByÅkesson Lynn

chapter 10|10 pages


Keep Calm and Carry On? The Economic History of Overflow
ByMcCloskey Deirdre Nansen