Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough

Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough


By (author) Clive Hamilton, By (author) Richard Denniss

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 191mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 28 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1741146712
  • ISBN 13: 9781741146714
  • Illustrations note: 195
  • Sales rank: 26,131

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The Western world is in the grip of a consumerism that is unique in human history. We overwork, we spend huge amounts on things we never use, then we chuck them out. The author of the bestselling Growth Fetish pries into our wardrobes, kitchens and backyards, and shows us what choice really means.

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Author information

Clive Hamilton is the author of Growth Fetish, and Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Australia's foremost public interest think tank. Described as Australia's most amazing economist', he has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and the University of Cambridge. Richard Denniss is Deputy Director of the Australia Institute. He has taught economics at the University of Newcastle and was Chief of Staff to Senator Natasha Stott Despoja.

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Bristling with wit and a sense of intimacy that leaves readers experiencing a reading of shared incredulity 'Herald Sun

Table of contents

Part I A society going nowhere..1. Affluenza..2. Consuming passions..3. Spreading the virus..4. How much is enough?..Part II The effects of affluenza..5. Debt ..6. Overwork ..7. Wasteful consumption ..8. Spending ourselves sick ..Part III What can be done?..9. The politics of affluenza..10. The downshifters..11. A new politics..Appendix..Wellbeing Manifesto for a Flourishing Society..Notes..Index