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The Challenge of Affluence
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The Challenge of Affluence

Avner Offer

Abstract

Since the 1940s Americans and Britons have come to enjoy an era of rising material abundance. Yet this has been accompanied by a range of social and personal disorders, including family breakdown, addiction, mental instability, crime, obesity, inequality, economic insecurity, and declining trust. This book argues that well-being has lagged behind affluence in these societies, because they present an environment in which consistent choices are difficult to achieve over different time ranges and in which the capacity for personal and social commitment is undermined by the flow of novelty. The bo ... More

Keywords: material abundance, personal disorders, family breakdown, addiction, mental instability, crime, obesity, inequality, economic insecurity, well-being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199216628
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216628.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Avner Offer, author
University of Oxford

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