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affluent society

A society in which material wealth is widely distributed; often with allusion to the book of that title (1958) by the American economist John Kenneth Galbraith.

Affluent society, The

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... society, The A phrase, in vogue from the 1950s, denoting the overall growth in material prosperity of British society as evidenced by the widespread growth in ownership of cars, televisions, washing machines, refrigerators and the like. The term was popularized by the title of J.K. Galbraith ’s book The Affluent Society ( 1958...

Affluent Society, The

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Jennifer L. Kalish

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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... Society, The In response to World War II, the Cold War, and the global economic preeminence of the United States during the 1940s and 1950s, many intellectuals reassessed the benefits of American democracy and capitalism. John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society ( 1958 ) emerged as one of the most influential texts of this genre. A Harvard economist and Democratic Party political adviser, the Canadian-born Galbraith questioned the efficacy of Americans’ support for Keynesian economic practices in an age of material abundance. Tax and fiscal...

Affluent Society, The

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Jennifer L. Kalish

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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...Affluent Society, The ( 1958 ). In response to World War II , the Cold War , and the global economic preeminence of the United States during the 1940s and 1950s, many intellectuals reassessed the benefits of American democracy and capitalism . John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society emerged as one of the most influential texts of this genre. A Harvard economist and Democratic party political adviser, the Canadian-born Galbraith questioned the efficacy of Americans' support for Keynesian economic practices in an age of material abundance. Tax and...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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... society a society in which material wealth is widely distributed; often with allusion to the book of that title ( 1958 ) by the American economist John Kenneth Galbraith...

Affluent society

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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable (2 ed.)

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... society . A phrase, in vogue from the 1950s, denoting the overall growth in material prosperity of British society as evidenced by the increasingly widespread ownership of cars, televisions, washing machines and the like. The term was popularized by the title of US economist J.K. Galbraith 's ( 1908–2006 ) book The Affluent Society ( 1958 ). See also Conventional wisdom . This so-called affluent society is an ugly society still. It is a vulgar society. It is a society in which priorities have gone all wrong. aneurin bevan : speech in Blackpool (...

affluent society

affluent society  

A society in which material wealth is widely distributed; often with allusion to the book of that title (1958) by the American economist John Kenneth Galbraith.
Utopianism

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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...settler accounts, that a penal society on the other side of the world could hold out the promise of utopian paradise. Utopianism in the Romantic age thus remains a discourse on corruption and degeneration on the one hand and the virtues of simplicity on the other. An epoch which witnessed the greatest diffusion of luxuries to the lower orders was, however, bound to weigh very critically proposals for reversion to simpler societies. Very little socialist writing and very few utopias appear in Britain during the affluent and complacent decades between 1850 ...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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...galaxy of institutions— *literary and philosophical societies , assembly rooms, and *theatres [24] —from which emanated the bright glow of civic pride. Book clubs were altogether more evanescent: little associations (membership rarely exceeded twenty) set up by gentlemen, clerics, attorneys, and tradesmen who wanted access to new books but did not want to pay full prices. The book club was a phenomenon of towns and large villages; it brought together the local élite of professional men, merchants, affluent farmers, and minor gentry in the clubbable atmosphere...

48 The History of the Book in America

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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...and practices *Literacy rates increased in most sections of the colonies during the 18 th century, although book ownership (except for almanacs and other cheap books) remained primarily the province of the affluent and the learned. Studies of signature literacy—an imprecise measure of writing ability, which lagged behind reading ability in a society where reading was taught earlier in life—offer several conclusions. Colonists arrived in America with high levels of literacy, compared with contemporary European rates. For example, 69 per cent of male...

23 The History of the Book in the Low Countries

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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... 1980s in particular, firms like Elsevier and *Kluwer expanded at breakneck speed, both eventually becoming world leaders in their fields. In the course of these events, quite a few Belgian publishers who did not have the necessary financial resources were swallowed by more affluent Dutch publishers, thus counteracting the trend set in Flanders during the interwar period. The few houses that survived as independent enterprises by and large were modest-scale publishers of educational and academic books, such as *Brepols in Turnhout and Peeters in Louvain....

grey markets

grey markets  

The legal but unauthorized channel for branded goods. Alternatively, the over-55 age group, which is highly targeted because it is the most affluent in society.
privatism

privatism  

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The tendency for people in advanced industrial societies to spend their lives less in the public domain and more within the confines of the nuclear family. In other words, increasing ...
Other America, The.

Other America, The.  

The Other America: Poverty in the United States (1962) was written by Michael Harrington (1928–1989), a young socialist whose first encounter with poverty had come during the two years he ...
adiposity

adiposity  

Overall expansion of body fat, often with depletion of muscle mass, physical strength, and agility. It should be distinguished from obesity, which is expansion of body mass involving fat tissue, ...
Lonely Crowd

Lonely Crowd  

(1950).This influential study by the Harvard sociologist David Riesman, with Nathan Glazer and Reuel Denney, rests upon the premise that socioeconomic structure influences personality. Applying this ...
Condé Nast

Condé Nast  

(1873–1942)Condé Nast Publications. A pioneer in upmarket fashion magazines. Growing up poor in St. Louis, Nast joined Collier's Weekly in 1898 and there developed his idea that a market existed for ...
leisure class

leisure class  

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Consuming, parasitic class, represented by an idle elite engaged in continuous public demonstration of their status. The idea is particularly associated with the American sociological economist ...
deprivation

deprivation  

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Loss; lacking in desired objects or aims. Within the less developed countries deprivation can be acute: water, housing, or food may be lacking. Within the developed world basic provisions may be ...
dealignment

dealignment  

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The concept that voters in Western liberal democracies, who were formerly aligned into well‐defined social groups on the basis of commonalities such as class, religion, and ethnicity, and exhibited ...
Fifties, The.

Fifties, The.  

The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union dominated American life in the 1950s.The Korean War (1950–1953), a conflict formally fought under the flag of the ...

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