Growth fetish

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Pluto Press, Feb 20, 2004 - Business & Economics - 262 pages
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For decades our political leaders and opinion makers have touted higher incomes as the way to a better future. Economic growth means better lives for us all. But after many years of sustained economic growth and increased personal incomes we must confront an awful fact: we aren't any happier. This is the great contradiction of modern politics. In this provocative new book, Clive Hamilton argues that, far from being the answer to our problems, growth fetishism and the marketing society lie at the heart of our social ills. They have corrupted our social priorities and political structures, and have created a profound sense of alienation among young and old. Growth Fetish is the first serious attempt at a politics of change for rich countries dominated by sicknesses of affluence, where the real yearning is not for more money but for authentic identity, and where the future lies in creating a society that promotes the things that really do improve our well-being.

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User Review  - Paul Fleckney - Goodreads

This is an extremely important book that I think everyone should read. The first 4 chapters provide a very effective demolition of the current capitalist-consumerist growth obsession that pervades ... Read full review

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User Review  - S'hi - Goodreads

I found reading this book a disturbing experience. Not because it revealed things I was unaware of, but because it limits the things I am aware of within a frame of language and persisting divisions ... Read full review

Contents

Growth fetishism
1
Growth and wellbeing
22
Identity
62
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Clive Hamilton is Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Australia's foremost public-interest think tank. He has held visiting academic positions at the ANU, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and the University of Cambridge. Described in the press as Australia's most influential economist on the left and Australia's leading environmental economist, he is the author of six books and his views feature regularly in major news outlets.