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Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back

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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED

Now more alarming than ever!

Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done — to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment — by the obsessive quest for material gain. In cleverly titled chapters such as “Swollen Expectations” and “A Rash of Bankruptcies,” the authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. They also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.

The 2008 economic collapse demonstrated how prophetic this book was and how relevant it still is. The third edition has been updated to reflect the role overconsumption played in the collapse and how our economy and society have changed since then. There is also information about new ways to measure social health and success, such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index, which could help us wipe out affluenza.

Review:

Affluenza has easily passed the test of time and become an American classic, the book that raised our crisis of consumption to national awareness." Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and founder, 350.org

Review:

“This witty yet hard-hitting book provides evidence of the social problems caused by the American obsession with acquiring 'stuff' and proposes solutions for living more sustainably. Highly recommended.” Library Journal

Review:

“The authors have packed their book with stunning facts, searing insights — and they point out a path forward.” Fast Company

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“Clear, witty and heartfelt.” Sojourners

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“It is not a book that shakes a finger in our faces and reprimands hardworking Americans for wanting a little more comfort, elegance, and enjoyment...it creates something of real value — a new way of accounting for true happiness in our lives.” Scott Simon, Weekend Edition host, National Public Radio

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

John de Graaf is an independent documentary producer who is the recipient of more than 100 awards for filmmaking, including three Emmy awards. He is currently active in the Happiness Initiative (www.happycounts.org) and is an advisor to the prime minister of Bhutan.

David Wann is the author of ten books on sustainable lifestyles and designs and the producer of twenty-five documentaries, several of them award winners. He codesigned the cohousing neighborhood he lives in and coordinates the community garden.

Thomas H. Naylor is a professor emeritus of economics at Duke University and is the author of over thirty books.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Symptoms

1. Shop til You Dropsy

2. A Rash of Bankruptcies

3. Digital Dyspepsia

4. Chronic Congestion

5. The Stress of Excess

6. Family Convulsions

7. Dilated Pupils

8. Community Chills

9. An Ache for Meaning

10. Social Scars

11. Resource Exhaustion

12. Industrial Diarrhea

13. The Addiction to Dissatisfaction

Part Two: Causes

14. Original Sin

15. An Ounce of Prevention

16. The Toad Not Taken

17. The Emerging Epidemic

18. The Age of Affluenza

19. Is There a (Real) Doctor in the House?

Part Three: Treatment

20. The Road to Recovery

21. Bed Rest

22. Aspirin and Chicken Soup

23. Fresh Air

24. The Right Medicine

25. Back to Work

26. Vaccinations and Vitamins

27. Political Prescriptions

28. Annual Check-Ups

29. Healthy Again

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609949273
Subtitle:
How Overconsumption Is Killing Us and How to Fight Back
Author:
de Graaf, John
Author:
Naylor, Thomas H.
Author:
John de Graaf
Author:
Wann, David
Author:
John De Graaf
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Business - General
Subject:
Consumer behavior
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Consumerism
Subject:
over-consumption
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140203
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.63 in

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Product details 312 pages Berrett-Koehler Publishers - English 9781609949273 Reviews:
"Review" by , Affluenza has easily passed the test of time and become an American classic, the book that raised our crisis of consumption to national awareness."
"Review" by , “This witty yet hard-hitting book provides evidence of the social problems caused by the American obsession with acquiring 'stuff' and proposes solutions for living more sustainably. Highly recommended.”
"Review" by , “The authors have packed their book with stunning facts, searing insights — and they point out a path forward.”
"Review" by , “Clear, witty and heartfelt.”
"Review" by , “It is not a book that shakes a finger in our faces and reprimands hardworking Americans for wanting a little more comfort, elegance, and enjoyment...it creates something of real value — a new way of accounting for true happiness in our lives.”
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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