Voluntary Simplicity: Responding to Consumer Cultureby Daniel Doherty (Editor), David Brooks (Contribution by), Duane Elgin (Contribution by), Amitai Etzioni (Contribution by), Robert Frank (Contribution by)
Proposing "voluntary simplicity" as a alternative to consumer culture within the capitalist framework, Doherty (former managing editor, The Responsive Community and Etzioni (Institute for Communitarian Studies, George Washington U.) present 11 essays exploring the possibilities of the "voluntary simplicity" movement. Building on Maslow's theory of a hierarchy of human needs, papers explore the theoretical outlines of economic, psychological, and social aspects of consumption versus simplicity. Earlier movements towards simplicity through history are then examined. Finally, two papers critical of advocates of "voluntary simplicity" and their critique of consumption are included. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Daniel Doherty is completing his Ph.D. at Yale University. Amitai Etzioni is university professor and the director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University.
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