Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
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... show more
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 like "Swollen Expectations" and "A Rash of Bankruptcies," the authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. Yet they also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.Demonstrating that now, more than ever, Americans need ways of fighting the affliction, this edition includes a new introduction and updated figures, adds information on the impacts of stress and overwork, and provides an in-depth look at various campaigns and movements offering solutions for today's problems. Engaging, fast-paced, and accessible, it reexamines a serious, far-reaching issue for a wide audience.
Publish date: September 1st 2005
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Divided into three sections: Part I: Symptoms, Part II: Causes, and Part III: Treatment, this book tackles the question of whether or not the conspicuous consumption that is an aspect of the American lifestyle has a positive or a negative influence on the various satisfaction/happiness measures expe...
The style was generally much too off-putting, but I was intrigued by the fascinating chapter on how the US came extremely close to a thirty-hour workweek after the Great Depression, until FDR vetoed the law (already overwhelmingly approved by Congress) in favour of a forty-hour week plus the New Dea...
In each of the past four years more Americans declared personal bankruptcy than graduated from college. Our annual production of solid waste would fill a convoy of garbage trucks stretching halfway to the moon. We have twice as many shopping centers as high schools.Fascinating, important informati...