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The Challenge of Affluence

Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain since 1950

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  • A readable and compelling social critique of consumer society
  • Fundamentally questions the assumption that consumer choice maximizes our individual and social well-being
  • Combines social and economic history with insights from a range of other disciplines, including economics, psychology, sociology, politics, and anthropology
  • Includes a theoretical analysis of the relationship between affluence and welfare, historical case studies of these concepts in practice, and an investigation of the effects of affluence upon our social and inter-personal relations
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