Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us--and How To Fight Back

Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us--and How To Fight Back

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Explores the origins, causes, and symptoms of affluenza--society's compulsive desire to acquire--and discusses such treatment as strengthening immunity against advertising and minimizing the side effects of over-consumption.

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The authors update their critique of over-consumption, which began life as a documentary on PBS, in light of recent developments. In the first part of the book they discuss "symptoms" of the "disease," including stress, damage to families, civic degeneration, resource exhaustion, and environmental degradation. They then seek out causes, offering an analysis of the history of the structural politics of over-consumption in the United States. Finally, they report on hopeful trends that run counter to over-consumption (e.g., the rise of home gardening, car-sharing programs, etc.) and offer advice both structural and for individuals on how to fight the problems of over-consumption. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

We tried to warn you! The 2008 economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be. Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms of this global plague.

The new edition traces the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, discusses new ways to measure social health and success (such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index), and offers policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn’t to stop buying—it’s to remember, always, that the best things in life aren’t things.

NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

We tried to warn you! The 2008 economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be. Now in its third edition, this book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms of this global plague.

The new edition traces the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, discusses new ways to measure social health and success (such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index), and offers policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn't to stop buying—it's to remember, always, that the best things in life aren't things.


Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2014
Edition: Third Ed. REVISED AND UPDATED
ISBN: 9781609949273

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