Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough

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Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough
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AuthorClive Hamilton, Richard Denniss
PublisherAllen & Unwin
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Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough is a book written by Professor Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss, and was published in 2005. According to the book, Western society is addicted to overconsumption and this situation is unique in human history. Hamilton and Denniss argue that overconsumption is driven by aspiration, in an effort to emulate the lifestyles of the rich and the famous through the identities and fulfilments that commodities are supposed to, but do not necessarily, deliver.[1] Rates of stress, depression and obesity are high as people try to cope with the emptiness and disappointments of consumer life.[citation needed]

Affluenza says that an increasing number of Australians are ignoring advertisers, reducing their spending, and reprioritizing their time.[2][3][4]

In 2017, Richard Denniss published a follow up book called Curing Affluenza.[5]

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  1. ^ Humphrey, Kim (2005). "Old for new?". Arena Magazine.
  2. ^ Durber, Dean (October 2005). "Review of Affluenza: When too much is never enough". The Australian Public Intellectual Network. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  3. ^ Needham, Kirsty (28 May 2005). "A serious bout of affluenza". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  4. ^ Clive Hamilton; Richard Denniss (2005). Affluenza: When too much is never enough. Allen & Unwin. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-74115-624-9.
  5. ^ Hudson, Marc. "Book review: Curing Affluenza takes aim at our all-consuming passions". The Conversation. Retrieved 11 January 2018.