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Going broke : why Americans can't hold on to their money

Author: Stuart A Vyse
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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"Stuart Vyse offers a unique psychological perspective on the financial behavior of the many Americans today who find they cannot make ends meet, illuminating the causes of our wildly self-destructive spending habits. But unlike other authors, he doesn't entirely blame the victim. Bringing together fascinating studies of consumer behavior, he argues that the mountain of debt burying so many of us is the inevitable  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart A Vyse
ISBN: 9780195306996 0195306996
OCLC Number: 153773333
Description: ix, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The open drain : David --
Making sense of financial failure : Susan --
The story of bankruptcy : Caroline --
Self-control and money : Sylvia --
A different story of bankruptcy : Kathy --
New ways of wanting : Frank --
New ways of spending : Marcia and Joel --
Thinking about money : Neil --
How not to go broke.
Responsibility: Stuart Vyse.
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"Stuart Vyse offers a unique psychological perspective on the financial behavior of the many Americans today who find they cannot make ends meet, illuminating the causes of our wildly self-destructive spending habits. But unlike other authors, he doesn't entirely blame the victim. Bringing together fascinating studies of consumer behavior, he argues that the mountain of debt burying so many of us is the inevitable byproduct of America's turbo-charged economy and, in particular, of social and technological trends that undermine our self-control. Going Broke illuminates everything from the rise of the credit card, to the increase in state lotteries and casino gambling, to the expansion of new shopping opportunities provided by toll-free numbers, home shopping networks, big-box stores, and the Internet, revealing how vast changes in American society over the last 30 years have greatly complicated our relationship with money. Vyse concludes both with personal advice for the individual who wants to achieve greater financial stability and with pointed recommendations for economic and social change that will help promote the financial health of all."--Jacket.

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