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Affluenza : the all-consuming epidemic /
John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H. Naylor in association with Redefining Progress ; with new research by Pamela Rands ; illustrations by David Horsey ; new foreword by Vicki Robin.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehle, c2005.
description
xxii, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1576753573, 9781576753576
format(s)
Book
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series title
imprint
San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehle, c2005.
isbn
1576753573
9781576753576
general note
Based in part on the PBS television programs "Affluenza" and "Escape from Affluenza."
catalogue key
5828440
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-275) and index.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text is about personal, social, economic and environmental costs of over-consumption, and what we can do to beat the 'all-consuming bug'. This revision presents symptoms, historical and cultural origins, and proven cures which address today's 'affluenza' with a new urgency, but also hope for recovery.
Long Description
"Affluenza" should make us all realise that material possessions are never enough to satisfy spiritual hunger. The authors of "Affluenza" challenge us to think beyond the superficiality of individual economic demand to the deeper meaning of life." - Bill Bradley, former United States Senator and Presidential Candidate. The first edition was a bestseller (more than 75,000 copies sold) that inspired a movement; now heavily revised, the second edition addresses today's "affluenza" with a new urgency, but also hope for recovery. Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries, "Affluenza" uses the 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. With a new introduction and updated figures all throughout, this revised edition ups the ante for the continuing war we must wage against consumerism nationwide.
Long Description
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.
Main Description
Affluenza should make us all realise that material possessions are never enough to satisfy spiritual hunger. The authors of Affluenza challenge us to think beyond the superficiality of individual economic demand to the deeper meaning of life." --Bill Bradley, former United States Senator and Presidential Candidate The first edition was a bestseller (more than 75,000 copies sold) that inspired a movement; now heavily revised, the second edition addresses today's "affluenza" with a new urgency, but also hope for recovery. Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries, Affluenza uses the 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. With a new introduction and updated figures all throughout, this revised edition ups the ante for the continuing war we must wage against consumerism nationwide.
Main Description
Based on two highly acclaimed TV documentaries, Affluenza uses the 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. With a new introduction and updated figures all throughout, this revised edition ups the ante for the continuing war we must wage against consumerism nationwide. Named one of the eight best non-fiction books of 2001 by Detroit Free Press, and awarded the American Educational Studies Association Critic's Choice Award, the first edition of Affluenza proved that people are ready for real change. Engaging, fast-paced, and accessible, Affluenza takes a hard look at a complex and serious issue, revealing ways of living and working that make more sense and are more satisfying.
Main Description
First published in 2001, Affluenza sold over 75,000 copies and inspired a movement. The book uses the metaphor of disease to address a serious subject-overconsumption. This revised edition features a new introduction and updated figures and includes a new "affluenza self-test."
Table of Contents
Foreword to the First Editionp. ix
Foreword to the Second Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Symptomsp. 9
Shopping Feverp. 11
A Rash of Bankruptciesp. 18
Swollen Expectationsp. 23
Chronic Congestionp. 31
The Stress Of Excessp. 38
Family Convulsionsp. 47
Dilated Pupilsp. 54
Community Chillsp. 63
An Ache for Meaningp. 72
Social Scarsp. 81
Resource Exhaustionp. 89
Industrial Diarrheap. 100
The Addictive Virusp. 109
Dissatisfaction Guaranteedp. 114
Causesp. 125
Original Sinp. 127
An Ounce of Preventionp. 133
The Road Not Takenp. 139
An Emerging Epidemicp. 146
The Age of Affluenzap. 153
Is There a (Real) Doctor in the House?p. 160
Treatmentp. 171
The Road to Recoveryp. 173
Bed Restp. 177
Aspirin and Chicken Soupp. 182
Fresh Airp. 188
The Right Medicinep. 197
Back to Workp. 206
Vaccinations and Vitaminsp. 214
Political Prescriptionsp. 221
Annual Check-Upsp. 234
Healthy Againp. 242
Notesp. 248
Bibliography and Sourcesp. 263
Indexp. 276
About the Contributorsp. 284
About Redefining Progressp. 286
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