Affluenz: When Too Much Is Never Enough

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2009 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Our houses are bigger than ever, but our families are smaller. Our kids go to the best schools we can afford, but we hardly see them. We've got more money to spend yet we're further in debt than ever before. What is going on? The Western world is in the grip of a consumption binge that is unique in human history. We aspire to the lifestyles of the rich and famous at the cost of family, friends and personal fulfilment. Rates of stress, depression and obesity are up as we wrestle with the emptiness and endless disappointments of the consumer life. Affluenza pulls no punches, claiming our whole society is addicted to overconsumption. It tracks how much Australians overwork, the growing mountains of stuff we throw out, the drugs we take to self-medicate' and the real meaning of choice'. Fortunately there is a cure. More and more Australians are deciding to ignore the advertisers, reduce their consumer spending and recapture their time for the things that really matter. Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss at the Australia Institute never disappoint - they set out on paths others don't go down, then explore without fear or favour and finally draw conclusions about modern Australia, warts and all. It's all accompanied by passion which is why the results cannot be ignored.' Geraldine Doogue ABC broadcaster Fascinating - at the same time a call to arms and a chill-pill, Affluenza challenges not just individuals, but society itself.' Adam Spencer comedian, mathematician and former radio DJ
 

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User Review  - LynleyS - LibraryThing

Last year I read a book by the same title by British author Oliver James, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I was interested to read more about affluenza in Australia. There should be a special place ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jaygee55 - LibraryThing

"Affluenza" - "the bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses" - is another cog in the machine of unsustainability, and my generation in particular ... Read full review

Contents

What is affluenza?
3
Consuming passions
24
Spreading the virus
45
How much is enough?
73
The effects of affluenza
87
Debt
89
Overwork
107
Wasteful consumption
125
What can we
163
The politics of affluenza
165
The downshifters
191
A new politics
222
ENDNOTES
245
A political manifesto for wellbeing
271
Back Cover Material
282
Index
285

Spending ourselves sick
141

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