Growth Fetish (Hardback)
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Growth Fetish (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 20/02/2004
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For decades our political leaders and opinion makers have touted higher incomes as the way to a better future. Economic growth means better lives for us all.

But after many years of sustained economic growth and increased personal incomes we must confront an awful fact: we aren't any happier. This is the great contradiction of modern politics. Clive Hamilton argues that, far from being the answer to our problems, growth fetishism and the marketing society lie at the heart of our social ills. They have corrupted our social priorities and political structures, and have created a profound sense of alienation among young and old.

Growth Fetish is the first serious attempt at a politics of change for rich countries dominated by sicknesses of affluence, where the real yearning is not for more money but for authentic identity, and where the future lies in creating a society that promotes the things that really do improve our well-being.

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745322513
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Right on target and badly needed' -- Noam Chomsky
'A hugely stimulating and thoughtful contribution to the increasingly important debate about economic growth' -- Jonathon Porritt, Chairman of the British government's Sustainable Development Commission
'Where Hamilton takes the argument forward is with his view that the overwhelming majority of people in the rich countries have passed the point where additional material wealth gives them any benefit at all. Growth Fetish takes this to its logical conclusion, arguing that advanced economies, obsessed with increasing gross domestic product, should chill out. We'll carry on consuming, however miserable it makes us' -- David Smith, Sunday Times
'Anyone tired of current cant about growth and resistant to the blandishments of consumerism will welcome this radical analysis of conventional economics. Paradigm shift is usually painful, but this one is a positive pleasure' -- Sir Crispin Tickell, Chancellor of the University of Kent at Canterbury
'A powerful statement about the failure of the rat-race society and the need for a new philosophy of sociable living' -- Professor Richard Layard, London School of Economics
'The most lucid, penetrating, comprehensive and clearly articulated analysis of our present human predicament and of the pathologies that underlie it that I've seen so far' -- John Bunzl, author of The Simultaneous Policy
'Breaks new ground by asking us to think what a post-growth, environmentally stable society might actually be like' -- Hugh Stretton, author of Economics: An Introduction

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