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Voluntary Simplicity: Responding to Consumer Culture
     

Voluntary Simplicity: Responding to Consumer Culture

by Daniel Doherty (Editor), David Brooks (Contribution by), Duane Elgin (Contribution by), Amitai Etzioni (Contribution by), Robert Frank (Contribution by)
 

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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

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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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Choice
Offers valuable contributions from scholars such as Duane Elgin, Juliet Schor, David Shi, Richard Gregg, and Amitai Etzioni. Contributes significantly to an understanding of this movement, and of cultural analysis and social change. Recommended.
Metapsychology
The mere concept of simplicity in this world of over-inflated consumerism is challenging from the onset. Yet each contributor, relying upon their individualized perspectives, explores the subject with strong opinions, and shares their support or critique of the matter with enough information to allow the reader to form their own opinions of the viability or appeal as it relates to the reader's own lifestyle.
CHOICE
Offers valuable contributions from scholars such as Duane Elgin, Juliet Schor, David Shi, Richard Gregg, and Amitai Etzioni. Contributes significantly to an understanding of this movement, and of cultural analysis and social change. Recommended.
Metapsychology Online Reviews
The mere concept of simplicity in this world of over-inflated consumerism is challenging from the onset. Yet each contributor, relying upon their individualized perspectives, explores the subject with strong opinions, and shares their support or critique of the matter with enough information to allow the reader to form their own opinions of the viability or appeal as it relates to the reader's own lifestyle.
Louis Warwick-Booth
In summary the book presents a coherent and well-organised account of the philosophy and values associated with voluntary simplicity. It is thought provoking and insightful and made me re-question the value of materialism and our general way of life in the West. Anyone reading this will probably give thought to their own behavior with regards to work, quality of life and the ever-growing consumerism.
Future Survey
A reader bringing together many of the best writings on human wants and needs, the good life, and simplicity through history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742520660
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/20/2003
Series:
Rights & Responsibilities Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

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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