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Author Doherty, Daniel.

Title Voluntary Simplicity : Responding to Consumer Culture
Published Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (221 pages)
Series Rights & Responsibilities
Rights and responsibilities (Lanham, Md.)
Contents Title Page; Copyright Page; CONTENTS; Preface Daniel Dohert; Introduction: Voluntary Simplicity-Psychological Implications, Societal Consequences Amitai Etzioni; Part I: Human Wants, Human Goods; 1 A Theory of Human Motivation A.H. Maslow; 2 Wealth and Happiness: A Limited Relationship David G. Myers; 3 Consuming for Love Edward N Luttwak; 4 The Problem of Over-Consumption-Why Economists Don't Get It Juliet Schor; 5 Achieving Collective Well-Being Through Greater Simplicity: A Simple Proposal Robert Frank; Part II: Simplicity Throughout History
6 Early American Simplicity: The Quaker Ethic David Shi7 Simple Needs Charles Wagner; 8 The Value of Voluntary Simplicity Richard B. Gregg; 9 Voluntary Simplicity: A Movement Emerges Duane Elgin and Arnold Mitchell; Part III: Critical Perspectives; 10 Conspicuous ""Simplicity"" David Brooks; 11 The Liberating Role of Consumption and the Myth of Artificially Created Desires James B. Twitchell; Notes; Index; About the Contributors
Summary 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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Subject Simplicity.
Form Electronic book
Author Brooks, David.
Elgin, Duane.
Etzioni, Amitai.
Frank, Robert.
Gregg, Richard B
Luttwak, Edward.
Maslow, A. H
Mitchell, Arnold.
Myers, David G.
Schor, Juliet.
Shi, David
Twitchell, James B., 1943-
Wagner, Charles L. (Charles Ludwig)
ISBN 1461646782 (electronic bk.)
9781461646785 (electronic bk.)