Growth fetish


Growth fetish

Clive Hamilton

Allen & Unwin, 2003

  • : pbk

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'Right on target, and badly needed' - Noam Chomsky 'Every now and then a book that is perfect in timing and tone hits my desk. Growth Fetish is that book. It is powerful and potentially transformative.' - Rev. Tim Costello 'This book reveals the undelivered reality of economic growth and the hollow mantras of the Third Way. Growth Fetish provides a much needed road map to a new politics in a post-growth world.' - Senator Natasha Stott Despoja 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. In this provocative new book, 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 the sicknesses of affluence, where the real yearning is not for more money but for authentic identity, and where the future lies in a new relationship with the natural environment.


Introduction 1. Growth fetishism The growth fetish Economists on wellbeing The great contradiction Political implications 2. Growth and wellbeing Income Personal happiness Values and meaning Alternative measures 3. Identity Having and wanting Consumption and the modern self Marketing Overconsumption 4. Progress The idea of progress Oppression and liberation Globalisation 5. Politics The Third Way The power of economic ideas Power and equality 6. Work Rethinking work The new labour market In praise of housework Work in a post-growth world 7. Environment The voraciousness of growth The conquering spirit A philosophical transition Environmentalism and social democracy 8. The post-growth society Eudemonism: the politics of happiness The e

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