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Author De Graaf, John.

Title Affluenza : how overconsumption is killing us-- and how we can fight back / John de Graaf, David Wann.

Publication Info. San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2014]

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Edition Third edition.
Description 1 online resource
Series BK currents book
BK currents book.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATEDaffluenza, 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.
Contents PART ONE: SYMPTOMS; 1. Feverish expectations; 2. All stuffed up; 3. Stressed to kill; 4. Family fractures; 5. Community chills; 6. Heart failure; 7. Social scars; 8. Resource exhaustion; 9. Industrial diarrhea; 10. A cancerous culture; PART TWO: CAUSES; 11. Early infections; 12. An ounce of prevention; 13. The road not taken; 14. An emerging epidemic; 15. The Age of Affluenza; 16. Spin doctors; PART THREE: CURES; 17. Diagnostic test; 18. Bed rest; 19. Affluholics anonymous; 20. Fresh air; 21. Back to work; 22. Building immunity.
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Subject Quality of life -- United States.
Wealth -- United States.
Consumption (Economics) -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Economic conditions.
United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Consumer Behavior.
Consumption (Economics)
Economic history.
Quality of life.
Social conditions.
United States.
Chronological Term Since 1970
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Wann, David.
Other Form: Print version: De Graaf, John. Affluenza. Third edition 9781609949273 (DLC) 2013045336 (OCoLC)844728863
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