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The affluent society [electronic resource] /
John Kenneth Galbraith.
edition
40th anniversary ed.
imprint
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1998.
description
xii, 276 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0395925002 (pbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1998.
isbn
0395925002 (pbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
"A Mariner book."
"Updated and with a new introduction by the author"--Cover.
catalogue key
8480926
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
"One of the most gifted writers alive . . . tumbling the tribal Gods of both left and right."
"One of the most gifted writers alive . . . tumbling the tribal Gods of both left and right." Boston Globe "With his customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of complacency about economic inequity." The New York Times
"With his customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of complacency about economic inequity."
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Summaries
Main Description
Galbraith's classic on the "economics of abundance" is, in the words of the New York Times, "a compelling challenge to conventional thought." With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of individual and societal complacence about economic inequity. While "affluent society" and "conventional wisdom" (first used in this book) have entered the vernacular, the message of the book has not been so widely embraced--reason enough to rediscover The Affluent Society.
Main Description
John Kenneth Galbraith's classic investigation of private wealth and public poverty in postwar America With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith gets at the heart of what economic security means in The Affluent Society . Warning against individual and societal complacence about economic inequity, he offers an economic model for investing in public wealth that challenges "conventional wisdom" (a phrase he coined that has since entered our vernacular) about the long-term value of a production-based economy and the true nature of poverty. Both politically divisive and remarkably prescient, The Affluent Society is as relevant today on the question of wealth in America as it was in 1958.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Fortieth Anniversary Edition
The Affluent Societyp. 1
The Concept of the Conventional Wisdomp. 6
Economics and the Tradition of Despairp. 18
The Uncertain Reassurancep. 29
The American Moodp. 41
The Marxian Pallp. 55
Inequalityp. 66
Economic Securityp. 81
The Paramount Position of Productionp. 99
The Imperatives of Consumer Demandp. 114
The Dependence Effectp. 124
The Vested Interest in Outputp. 132
The Bill Collector Comethp. 143
Inflationp. 154
The Monetary Illusionp. 166
Production and Price Stabilityp. 177
The Theory of Social Balancep. 186
The Investment Balancep. 200
The Transitionp. 209
The Divorce of Production from Securityp. 217
The Redress of Balancep. 223
The Position of Povertyp. 234
Labor, Leisure and the New Classp. 243
On Security and Survivalp. 255
Afterwordp. 261
Indexp. 265
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