9780395925003

The Affluent Society

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  • ISBN13:

    9780395925003

  • ISBN10:

    0395925002

  • Edition: 40th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-10-15
  • Publisher: Mariner Books

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Summary

Galbraith's classic on the "economics of abundance" is, in the words of the New York Times, "a compelling challenge to conventional thought." With customary clarity, eloquence, and humor, Galbraith cuts to the heart of what economic security means (and doesn't mean) in today's world and lays bare the hazards of individual and societal complacence about economic inequity. While "affluent society" and "conventional wisdom" (first used in this book) have entered the vernacular, the message of the book has not been so widely embraced--reason enough to rediscover The Affluent Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fortieth Anniversary Edition viii
1. The Affluent Society
1(5)
2. The Concept of the Conventional Wisdom
6(12)
3. Economics and the Tradition of Despair
18(11)
4. The Uncertain Reassurance
29(12)
5. The American Mood
41(14)
6. The Marxian Pall
55(11)
7. Inequality
66(15)
8. Economic Security
81(18)
9. The Paramount Position of Production
99(15)
10. The Imperatives of Consumer Demand
114(10)
11. The Dependence Effect
124(8)
12. The Vested Interest in Output
132(11)
13. The Bill Collector Cometh
143(11)
14. Inflation
154(12)
15. The Monetary Illusion
166(11)
16. Production and Price Stability
177(9)
17. The Theory of Social Balance
186(14)
18. The Investment Balance
200(9)
19. The Transition
209(8)
20. The Divorce of Production from Security
217(6)
21. The Redress of Balance
223(11)
22. The Position of Poverty
234(9)
23. Labor, Leisure and the New Class
243(12)
24. On Security and Survival
255(6)
Afterword 261(4)
Index 265

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