The Overspent American

Author : Juliet B. Schor
ISBN : 9780060977580
Genre : Social Science
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The Overspent American explores why so many of us feel materially dissatisfied, why we work staggeringly long hours and yet walk around with ever-present mental "wish lists" of things to buy or get, and why Americans save less than virtually anyone in the world. Unlike many experts, Harvard economist Juliet B. Schor does not blame consumers' lack of self-discipline. Nor does she blame advertisers. Instead she analyzes the crisis of the American consumer in a culture where spending has become the ultimate social art.
Category: Social Science

Fremd In Ihrem Land

Author : Arlie Russell Hochschild
ISBN : 9783593437644
Genre : Political Science
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In vielen westlichen Ländern sind rechte, nationalistische Bewegungen auf dem Vormarsch. Wie ist es dazu gekommen? Arlie Russell Hochschild reiste ins Herz der amerikanischen Rechten, nach Louisiana, und suchte fünf Jahre lang das Gespräch mit ihren Landsleuten. Sie traf auf frustrierte Menschen, deren "Amerikanischer Traum" geplatzt ist; Menschen, die sich abgehängt fühlen, den Staat hassen und sich der rechtspopulistischen Tea-Party-Bewegung angeschlossen haben. Hochschild zeigt eine beunruhigende Entwicklung auf, die auch in Europa längst begonnen hat. Hochschilds Reportage ist nicht nur eine erhellende Deutung einer gespaltenen Gesellschaft, sondern auch ein bewegendes Stück Literatur. "Jeder, der das moderne Amerika verstehen möchte, sollte dieses faszinierende Buch lesen." Robert Reich "Ein kluges, respektvolles und fesselndes Buch." New York Times Book Review "Eine anrührende, warmherzige und souverän geschriebene, ungemein gut lesbare teilnehmende Beobachtung. ... Wer ihr Buch liest, versteht die Wähler Trumps, weil sie auf Augenhöhe mit ihnen und nicht über sie spricht." FAZ
Category: Political Science

Consumed

Author : Benjamin R. Barber
ISBN : 340657159X
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Ein neues Ethos prägt das Gesicht des globalen Kapitalismus: überflüssige Güter werden in großer Zahl produziert, Kinder zu Konsumenten gemacht und Erwachsene in infantile Schnäppchenjäger transformiert. Zielte früher die Wirtschaft auf die Herstellung richtiger und nützlicher Produkte, so ist die neue verbraucherorientierte Ökonomie darauf aus, Bedürfnisse und Marken zu schaffen. An die Stelle eines demokratischen Kapitalismus ist eine infantile Konsumwelt getreten, deren Pathologien die Freiheit der liberalen Welt bedrohen.
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Christian Ethics

Author : Larry Chouinard
ISBN : 9781608994991
Genre : Religion
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Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2 (NIV) What are your goals in life? What goals should you pursue in your life? Every day you make decisions concerning moral issues. Moral evaluation implies that there is a standard of judgment. Christian ethics is the study of how we live a life that conforms to the will of God. When we look at life from a biblical perspective, our goals, actions, and standards should be the result of asking the question, What is God calling me to do and be? Christian Ethics takes a fresh look at a multitude of ethical issues through the lens of God's Word. This important new resource will help provide guidance into knowing God's will for your life. Contributors are (in alphabetical order): Dr. Lee Camp, David Lipscomb University Dr. Larry Chouinard, Kentucky Christian College Dr. James Estep, Lincoln Christian Seminary Dr. David Fiensy, Kentucky Christian College Dr. Gary Hall, Lincoln Christian College Dr. John Mark Hicks, David Lipscomb University Dr. Ronald Highfield, Pepperdine University Dr. Robert Hull, Lincoln Christian College Dr. Leonard Knight, Kentucky Christian College Dr. Mark Krause, Puget Sound Christian College Dr. Gregory Linton, Great Lakes Christian College Dr. Rick Marrs, Pepperdine University Margaret McLaughlin, MSW, CSW, Kentucky CC Dr. David Musick, University of Pennsylvania Dr. George Pickens, Kentucky Christian College Dr. Paul Prill. David Lipscomb University Dr. Gregory Rutecki, Evanston Hospital Gail Wise, RN, Kentucky Christian College
Category: Religion

Help Your Kids Become Millionaires

Author : Larry Lynch
ISBN : 9780741425386
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Create wealth and appropriate financial attitudes for your children and they will be able to live half of their adult lives in comfort and with lots of attractive choices.
Category: Family & Relationships

Black Girls And Adolescents Facing The Challenges

Author : Catherine Fisher Collins
ISBN : 9781440830549
Genre : Social Science
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This one-of-a kind book challenges the current thinking about black girls to show how America has failed them—and what can be done to make their lives better. • Provides the first research work on this topic • Covers health (physical, mental, and sexual), education, crime/criminal justice, and parenting as they affect black teen girls and adolescents • Features contributors from a broad range of fields, including psychology, biology, criminal justice, sociology, spirituality, law, medicine, and popular culture • Examines characteristics of at-risk girls and the lure of the "bad girl" image • Clarifies what parents/mentors and others can do to help these girls and teens live happy, healthy, more rewarding lives
Category: Social Science

Shopping For Meaningful Lives

Author : Bruce P. Rittenhouse
ISBN : 9781621896043
Genre : Religion
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Consumerism is a problem. It deforms individual character, our sense of obligation to one another, and our concern for future generations and the environment. Even in the aftermath of the worst economic downturn in seventy years, it remains a defining feature of Western cultures. But, beyond this assessment, neither Christian theologians and ethicists nor secular economists and sociologists have understood what drives consumerism or what can be done to counteract it. This is the problem that Bruce P. Rittenhouse solves in Shopping for Meaningful Lives. Dr. Rittenhouse analyzes economic, sociological, and psychological evidence to prove that consumers behave differently than the current theories predict. Dr. Rittenhouse shows that consumerism functions as a religion. It provides a means of assurance that an individual life is meaningful. Because we need this assurance to live out our everyday lives, consumerism takes precedence over whatever other values a person professes--unless a person can adopt a different way to secure the meaning of his or her life. This interpretation explains how consumers actually behave. From the perspective of Christian theology, consumerism is a wrong answer to a problem of human existence that should be answered by faith in Christ.
Category: Religion

State Of The World 2004

Author : The Worldwatch Institute
ISBN : 9781610916356
Genre : Nature
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With chapters on food, water, energy, the politics of consumption and redefining the good life, Worldwatch’s award-winning research team asks whether a less-consumptive society is possible—and then argues that it is essential.
Category: Nature

Living It Up

Author : James B. Twitchell
ISBN : 9780231500562
Genre : Social Science
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Economic downturns and terrorist attacks notwithstanding, America's love affair with luxury continues unabated. Over the last several years, luxury spending in the United States has been growing four times faster than overall spending. It has been characterized by political leaders as vital to the health of the American economy as a whole, even as an act of patriotism. Accordingly, indices of consumer confidence and purchasing seem unaffected by recession. This necessary consumption of unnecessary items and services is going on at all but the lowest layers of society: J.C. Penney now offers day spa treatments; Kmart sells cashmere bedspreads. So many products are claiming luxury status today that the credibility of the category itself is strained: for example, the name "pashmina" had to be invented to top mere cashmere. We see luxury everywhere: in storefronts, advertisements, even in the workings of our imaginations. But what is it? How is it manufactured on the factory floor and in the minds of consumers? Who cares about it and who buys it? And how concerned should we be that luxuries are commanding a larger and larger percentage of both our disposable income and our aspirations? Trolling the upscale malls of America, making his way toward the Mecca of Las Vegas, James B. Twitchell comes to some remarkable conclusions. The democratization of luxury, he contends, has been the single most important marketing phenomenon of our times. In the pages of Living It Up, Twitchell commits the academic heresy of paying respect to popular luxury consumption as a force that has united the country and the globe in a way that no war, movement, or ideology ever has. What's more, he claims, the shopping experience for Americans today has its roots in the spiritual, the religious, and the transcendent. Deft and subtle writing, audacious ideas, and a fine sense of humor inform this entertaining and insightful book.
Category: Social Science