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Affluenza: How Over-Consumption Is Killing Us-and How to Fight Back [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

John De Graaf , David Wann , Thomas H. Naylor

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1. Februar 2014
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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"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, "The authors have packed their book with stunning facts, searing insights--and they point out a path forward."--Fast Company "Clear, witty and heartfelt."--Sojourners "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 "Affluenza is a sober indictment of the excesses and sheer waste in our increasingly consumer-oriented society. We would all be well served to read the book and pass it on to relatives, friends, and neighbors in the hopes of creating a great public conversation around how to eradicate the affluenza pandemic."--Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution "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 "Now here is a good reason to go shopping! The wonderful book that made consumerism the issue it should be, Affluenza, is here in a third, fully updated edition. The story of the Joneses, of 'keeping up with the Joneses' fame, is itself worth the very modest price you will have to pay to enjoy this classic, now new and improved."--James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible and former director, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies "If ever there was a right book at the right time, Affluenza is it. This country needs this book."--Lester R. Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute, author of Plan B 4.0 and

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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 ( 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 co-designed 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.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Required reading 29. April 2014
Von ClarkWorld - Veröffentlicht auf
The thoughts expressed in Affluenza and its preceding PBS programs are central to our collective understanding of what's driving so much stress, loneliness, and destruction - especially in the U.S., but increasingly, the whole planet - and how we can begin to find our way out, by changing the definition of words like "success" and "progress."
I know that many high school and college courses use this highly-readable book, and that's a great comfort to me, because the next generation will need to deal with many of the debilitating effects this epidemic has caused. This third edition of the book is even more focused on how we can begin to recover, with a strategy similar to those used in rehab programs: admit we have a problem; seek support; and create a healthy, new identity.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not Very Useful (or even informative) 8. August 2014
Von Jennifer Townsend - Veröffentlicht auf
I bought this book thinking it would have some hard facts, studies, and realistic suggestions for curbing overconsumption. Instead it was largely anecdotal, stating things as though they were fact without any proof- e.g. Europe has a shorter workweek and are substantially happier. There's no actual mention of the actual workweek, productivity and standard of living, or what measure of happiness was used to draw such a conclusion (might I mention I live in Italy and find the standard of living to be generally lower, and am not certain that Italians are happier than Americans as a result of their shorter work-week). Other examples include a statement like, "the simple living website had XX hits this year proving that this movement is gaining momentum"- it doesn't mention how many hits that website had last year, or the year before, and doesn't compare it to the number of hits for shopping sites over the same time period. Further it doesn't annotate that perhaps the weaker economy caused that rather than an idea that Americans are latching ahold of a desire to reduce their consumption. Further the ideas for reducing overconsumption consist of unrealistic or simple mentions about buying a more efficient car, light bulbs, and reusable shopping bags will help simplify your life. Well- carrying around reusable shopping bags is actually more painful than just getting new ones every time you go to the store so that doesn't actually simplify my life (I happen to use reusable shopping bags- but it certainly doesn't simplify my life or encourage me to reduce consumption, it just reduces my waste footprint (which is a desirable goal but one that has NOTHING to do with overconsumption or affluenza)). In short- this is a book full of "nothings" that has nothing very useful to offer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic Read - A Must Read! 22. Juni 2014
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An extremely important topic for everyone to read and the solutions practiced. We buy and dispose of way too much stuff. This book focuses in on other aspects of over consumption that I hadn't considered. It is a perfect compliment to the original you-tube video.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant read! 1. April 2014
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Thank you for clarifying what I have always felt about the state of our culture. I suffer from it even though I am aware of the condition. Lets be conscious of our sickness and work together to ease the effects. Great read!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Beyond Our Needs 8. Mai 2014
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In this third edition of Affluenza, a publication that first appeared in 2001 and again in 2005 decrying the conspicuous consumption that marks our current lifestyle, the authors have updated the changes in societal behavior, compare a happiness scale with economic expansion, and suggests further remediative tactics to diminish the current crisis. Divided into three sections, the first part looks at the symptoms of this materialistic disease that gives us more than we need, induces monetary stress with credit card overload, unhinges community fellowship, causes resource depletion, lets the rich get richer and the poor to grow poorer, along with many more indications of this infection. The second section looks at the causes and here the blame is placed on cultural changes along with the technological explosion sparking accelerated demands and premature obsolescence. The final chapter reads like a self -help guide with many prescriptions that probably will not be filled. The authors pointedly detail the many aspects of our materialistic and disposable society that must be examined and modified to improve our culture, moral values, sense of happiness, and world community. While the first appearance of this book commanded attention, this time lapse between editions suggests that another line of attack should be used to arouse a complacent public.
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