Voluntary Simplicity: Responding to Consumer Culture

Daniel Doherty (Editor) David Brooks (Contribution by)
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Product Details

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publish Date
December 01, 2003
5.8 X 0.64 X 8.96 inches | 0.72 pounds
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About the Author

Daniel Doherty is completing his Ph.D. at Yale University. Amitai Etzioni is university professor and the director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University.


In summary the book presents a coherent and well-organised account of the philosophy and values associated with voluntary simplicity. It is thought provoking and insightful and made me re-question the value of materialism and our general way of life in the West. Anyone reading this will probably give thought to their own behavior with regards to work, quality of life and the ever-growing consumerism.--Louis Warwick-Booth, University of Sheffield
Offers valuable contributions from scholars such as Duane Elgin, Juliet Schor, David Shi, Richard Gregg, and Amitai Etzioni. Contributes significantly to an understanding of this movement, and of cultural analysis and social change. Recommended.--CHOICE
A reader bringing together many of the best writings on human wants and needs, the good life, and simplicity through history.--Future Survey
The mere concept of simplicity in this world of over-inflated consumerism is challenging from the onset. Yet each contributor, relying upon their individualized perspectives, explores the subject with strong opinions, and shares their support or critique of the matter with enough information to allow the reader to form their own opinions of the viability or appeal as it relates to the reader's own lifestyle.--Metapsychology Online