Not Buying It My Year Without Shopping

ISBN-10: 0743269365

ISBN-13: 9780743269360

Edition: 2007

Authors: Judith Levine
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Description: Shocked by the commerce in everything from pet cloning to patriotism, frightened by the downward spiral of her finances and that of the trash-strewn earth, Judith Levine enlists her partner, Paul, in a radical experiment: to forgo all but the most necessary purchases for an entire year. Without consumer goods and experiences, Judith and Paul pursue their careers, nurture relationships, and try to keep their sanity, their identities, and their sense of humor intact. Tracking their progress -- and inevitable lapses -- Levine contemplates need and desire, scarcity and security, consumerism and citizenship. She asks the Big Questions: Can the economy survive without shopping? Are Q-tips necessary? Not Buying Itis the confession of a woman any reader can identify with: someone who can't live without French roast coffee or SmartWool socks but who has had it up to here with overconsumption and its effects on the earth and everyone who dwells there. For the humor and intelligence of its insights, the refreshment of its skepticism, and the surprises of its conclusions,Not Buying Itis sure to be on anyone's list of Necessities.

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 2/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

December 2003: Panic
January: Surplus
February: Consumer Psychology
March: New and Improved
April: In/Voluntary Simplicity
May: Scarcity
June: Redistribution of Wealth
July: Structural Adjustments
August: Memories of Underdevelopment
September: Security Fraud
October: Brand America
November: The Ownership Society
December: Prosperity
Acknowledgments
Index
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