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Affluenza: When too much is never enough Kindle Edition
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Bristling with wit and a sense of intimacy that leaves readers experiencing a reading of shared incredulity 'Herald Sun --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B003I55BF8
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (1 June 2005)
- Language : English
- File size : 741 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 172,729 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in Australia on 27 February 2020
This book provides an excellent perspective on how influential marketing and peer pressure is. Do you need the flash car or the mansion of a house? Keeping up with the Jones's is a major trap you should avoid. Spend more time looking after yourself and your family.
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too much informationReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 August 2017
Don't like his style . Very pedantic and keeps pressing his theories to the point of boredom
Amazing bookReviewed in the United States on 15 June 2018
Shocking realisation of how pathetic our lives become when we suffer from affluenza. It’s a book for everyone, even if you think you don’t have affluenza. Probably especially if you think you don’t have it.
Australia: Closer than we think.Reviewed in the United States on 1 March 2008
Affluenza tracks the growth and influence of conspicuous consumption in Australia, with some side-ways glances at other nations as well. (Most notably, the US and Britain) To paraphrase the authors - "Affluenza is the buying of stuff you don't need, with money you don't have, to impress people that you don't like". The book exposes the growth and impact of "the spending disease" from about the mid 1960s to the present day. It's a fascinating, and some times chilling read. In this slim but data packed book, you learn how mass media and marketing are targeting your household and kids, with ad campaigns, marketing strategies, and product branding to engender a sense of need and emotional attachment to material goods. Fortunately, the authors also give some practical advice as to how an average person may "down-shift" and break the cycle of dependency. Often insightful, and never preachy, this is the kind of book you buy multiple copies of and hand out to your friends.
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One of the most thought provoking books I have read in recent times.Reviewed in the United States on 16 January 2014
This book is a nightmare for marketing industry. I have asked my family to read it so that they may be able to stop the recent never-ending quest for 'things'. 'The freedom paradox', by the same author is another good book to read.
Everyone should read thisReviewed in the United States on 15 February 2014
... and shop less. Great book with good insights and interesting analysis. It is 10 year old now though. Would be good to know what he authors think about the last 10 years. Maybe a sequel is in order.