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Voluntary Simplicity Responding to Consumer Culture

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ISBN-10: 0742520676

ISBN-13: 9780742520677

Edition: 2003

Authors: Daniel Doherty, Amitai Etzioni, David Brooks, Duane Elgin, Robert Frank

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In the past fifty years, the standard of living in most industrialized nations has risen dramatically, but the number of people describing themselves as content has remained steady or fallen. The result has been a growing desire to regain some of the virtues of simpler times, whether by forgoing luxuries, switching careers, or returning to nature. These essays reflect on the different facets of voluntary simplicity and consumer culture, providing an historic view of the movement as well as a social-scientific analysis of its causes and effects.
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Book details

List price: $43.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/22/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

James M. White is a Professor in the School of Social Work and Family Studies at the University of British Columbia and resides with his wife and three daughters in Vancouver, Canada. His research interests include family development as well as marital interaction and communication. He is the author of Dynamics of Family Development (published in the U.S. in 1991 and translated into Japanese in 1994), as well as numerous articles that have appeared in the Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, Journal of Marriage and Family , and elsewhere. His authored and co-authored book chapters include a chapter with R. H. Rodgers on family development in the Sourcebook of Family Theories & Methods (1993). He has served as referee for numerous journals in family relations and public health and is an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Public Health, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, and The International Encyclopedia of Family Relationships . He is a past-president of the Northwest Council on Family Relations, whose membership includes academics, practitioners, and therapists from the states and provinces of the Pacific Northwest.nbsp; He is also an Honorary Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.nbsp;nbsp;

Duane Elgin is an author, speaker, educator, consultant, and media activist. He pioneered the Voluntary Simplicity movement with his now classic first book, titled by the same name, published in 1981. Elgin has co-founded three non-profit organizations concerned with media accountability.

Preface
Introduction: Voluntary Simplicity--Psychological Implications, Societal Consequences
Human Wants, Human Goods
A Theory of Human Motivation
Wealth and Happiness: A Limited Relationship
Consuming for Love
The Problem of Over-Consumption--Why Economists Don't Get It
Achieving Collective Well-Being Through Greater Simplicity: A Simple Proposal
Simplicity Throughout History
Early American Simplicity: The Quaker Ethic
Simple Needs
The Value of Voluntary Simplicity
Voluntary Simplicity: A Movement Emerges
Critical Perspectives
Conspicuous "Simplicity"
The Liberating Role of Consumption and the Myth of Artificially Created Desires
Notes
Index
About the Contributors