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What begun as a clever and unique sociological theory soon turned into an unremarkable self-help guide. From Jan Chipchase’s ” Cultures of repair, innovation “, I’ve iliver some phrases here. Perhaps because he came to fatherhood late, he is almost evangelical about the value of continuity in a young child’s life and of taking an active part in the upbringing of his own — Jmes, aged four, and Louis, two. He is really aff,uenza on China, where the people he interviews are strongly dominated by consumerist, materialistic live styles but they are not actually distressed.

And it’s terribly topical. He was the interviewer and producer of the 44 oliveer in Room for the two series of the BAFTA-award-winning Network 7 youth programme on Channel 4. The chapters in the book describe the reasons the author thinks that affluenza exists, why he thinks it is a bad thing, and how to stop it by encouraging people to alter their lifestyles and worldview in various ways, such as working less, being with your children more, having goals that are not consumer-oriented and so on.

Well, he’s convinced me. The need to feel autonomous – masters of our destinies to some degree. It struck me as too easy somehow — the idea that affluenza was a virus he is talking about Selfish Capitalism and its effects on us really and that there might be ‘vaccines’ jwmes would protect people.

Also, while the author mainly identifies what oilver terms as “Selfish Capitalism” as being the primary cause of Affluenza, he however does not really give an account of how this particular variant of capitalism emerged and entrenched itself in contemporary society.

To order, call Telegraph Books on Why am I reading these books, you may ask, when I disposed of the majority of my ‘worldly goods’ on leaving the US last year?

I get it, the “Affluenza” title is clever I really think it isbut that’s where all the virus references should stop. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why.


I am also very sceptical of some aspects of his analysis of olivdr Chinese culture to explain why they can be materialistic without being so depressed.

Affluenza by Oliver James

But in Britain, he believes, all is not lost. Which set of stats do we believe?

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A sffluenza book to teach all of us why and how to avoid the Virus of insatiable workaholism and subsequent consumption and stay mentally healthy. Following a degree in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, he trained as a child clinical psychologist at Nottingham University and worked for six years at the NHS Cassel Olover in Richmond in a clinical psychologist post.

So overall, the book has one argument that he has piled high and tried to tie everything to. He is babbling like a man just released about the relief of having finished his latest examination of human behaviour. James also meets the trophy wife of another fabulously rich man – she is addicted to shopping and cocaine, and he is often away from home.

It can’t but rub off on you, unless you are hopelessly trapped in a jamee personality. Ritchie described the book’s thesis as “children are born with brains of soft clay, their mental makeup unaffected by genes and infinitely mouldable by their parents”, and that ” DNA has no effect on the mind or mental health, whereas parenting reigns olifer. It was a revelation. I found this portion just as repetitive, but with age-old wisdoms rather than with itself.

Currently, he writes a column in the Financial Times Wealth magazine. People are more depressed, he tells us, where inequality is greatest. Speaking on Channel 4’s “Psychopath Night”, James described the credit crunch as a “mass outbreak of corporate psychopathy which resulted in something that very nearly crashed the whole world economy”.

If you end up with a man who does not ring your bell five times a night, then it is not the end of the bloody world. Dec 12, Ariel Littlemermaid rated it it was amazing. People don’t on the whole want to die so Basically, producers immersed in mainstream consumer culture elements of which include easy credit, buy now, pay later, style obsolescence etc tend to consider the BoP as being very similar or the same as their existing consumers; they simply have less disposable income.

Affluenza by Oliver James. Oliver has produced and presented several other television series about the issues surrounding mental illness, and various psychological aspects of British society. He’s very precise actually. His whole “mind tour” was nothing but an exercise in confirming what he had already decided.


He frequently broadcasts on radio jakes acts as a pundit on television.

The sick society

He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading. Retrieved from ” https: Designing from the user’s point of view, in this case, becomes far more challenging. The next 4 or 5 billion customers are not going away any time soon, and this understanding of what value propositions resonate with them will go beyond helping Nokia or some such sell another few million of their products.

This makes you me wonder how many slinky sounding erotica writers with obvio I spent the first half of this book imagining the writer of this book to be young ishwith curly blond hair and a roguish look about him. I liked the focus on doing what your interests are, etc. But then we touch on competition.

Are you suffering from affluenza?

Halfway through this book I thought: I am beginning to tire of social scientists parading as gurus; they cite small sample surveys as holy gospel. As if we weren’t already – as James points out, almost a quarter of Britons suffer “emotional distress”.

This whole concept was covered much much more convincingly by Clive Hamiltonprobably with just as much personal bias, but at least with a nod to looking at data objectively, and with much better examples too.

Although I’ve never been particularly materialistic, the amount of time I spent at work made me less able to devote much time to other equally important things, to the extent that it took over my life, and caused me to leave in the end through stress.

Oliger environmental conditions, ollver mindset, the quality of life, much less the disposibility of income are so vastly different from the average mainstream consumer in the developed world that there remains a gap.

It turns out that the epidemic of “affluenza” is mainly caused by the fact that women nowadays receive an education and want to work. Anyways – the journey through the book is entertaining enough, even if I distrust the conclusions.

I don’t want to give a star rating for this, as I didn’t finish it so it seems a little unfair. Its not that Olivdr am unsympathetic or that I disagree so much as that I frequently failed to see why the interviewees were more qualified to have insight into the issue than I would be myself.