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The challenge of affluence : self-control and well-being in the United States and Britain since 1950

Author: Avner Offer
Publisher: Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st paparback edView all editions and formats
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A detailed, reasoned, and persuasive critique of modern consumer society in Britain and the United States since the Second World War, which powerfully questions the assumption that freedom of choice  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Offer, Avner.
Challenge of affluence.
Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)762952327
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Avner Offer
ISBN: 9780199216628 0199216622
OCLC Number: 154806569
Notes: Originally published: 2006.
Description: xviii, 454 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: I: Evaluating affluence --
Economic welfare measurement and human well-being --
Passions and interests: self-control and well-being --
Choice: myopic and rational --
The economy of regard --
II: In the market place --
The mask of intimacy: advertising and the quality of life --
Body weight and self-control --
Household appliances and the use of time --
The American automobile frenzy of the 1950s --
Driving prudently: American and European --
III: Self and others --
Affluence and the pursuit of status --
Inequality hurts --
All you need is love? Mating since the 1950s --
Women and children last: the retreat from commitment.
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Avner Offer's latest sparkling and intellectually pugnacious contribution to his protean bibliography represents a tour de force of scholarship and provocative argument... this is an enormously rich Read more...

 
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