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Consuming Desires: Consumption, Culture, And the Pursuit of Happiness
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Island Pr
Publication date December 1, 2006
Pages 238
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781597260893
ISBN-10 1597260894
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.72 lbs.
Original list price $47.50
Other format details sci/tech
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Consider this paradox: Ecologists estimate that it would take three planets Earth to provide an American standard of living to the entire world. Yet it is that standard of living to which the whole world aspires.In Consuming Desires, award-winning writer and social commentator Roger Rosenblatt brings together a brilliant collection of thinkers and writers to shed light on the triumphs and tragedies of that disturbing paradox. The book represents a captivating salon, offering a rich and varied dialogue on the underlying roots of consumer culture and its pervasive impact on ourselves and the world around us. Each author offers a unique perspective, their layers of thoughts and insights building together to create a striking, multifaceted picture of our society and culture.Jane Smiley probes the roots of consumerism in the emancipation of women from household drudgery afforded by labor-saving devices and technological innovation; Alex Kotlowitz describes the mutual reinforcement of fashion trends as poor inner-city kids and rich suburban kids strive to imitate each other; Bill McKibben discusses the significance, and the irony, of defining yourself not by what you buy, but by what you don't buy.The essays range widely, but two ideas are central to nearly all of them: that consumption is driven by yearning and desire -- often unspoken, seemingly insatiable -- and that what prevents us from keeping our consumptive impulse in check is the western concept of self, the solitary and restless self, entitled to all it can pay for.As Rosenblatt explains in his insightful introduction: Individualism and desire are what makes us great and what makes us small. Freedom is our dream and our enemy.The essays touch on these paradoxes, and while all are too nuanced and graceful to preach easy reform, they give an idea of what reform means, where it is possible, and, in some cases, where it may not be as desirable as it appears.

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Hardcover
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from Island Pr (June 1, 1999)
9781559635356 | details & prices | 230 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $45.00
About: Essays discuss the foundations of consumer culture and its impact on people and the environment, and look at what this reveals about the American character
Paperback
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from Island Pr (December 1, 2006)
9781597260893 | details & prices | 238 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.72 lbs | List price $47.50
About: Consider this paradox: Ecologists estimate that it would take three planets Earth to provide an American standard of living to the entire world.

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