Taming the Power of Possessions

Book - 2001
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Can the perfect new couch in your family room make for great times with your family? Does a diamond that costs two months' salary mean that love will last forever? In this era of high expectations and "low monthly payments," getting what you want has never seemed easier. And "getting what you want," in this environment, is increasingly linked to buying something. But is it always enough?Picking up where "simplifying" may not satisfy, Dematerializing acknowledges the pleasures, along with the pitfalls, of living in a material world. With a sharp eye and an attitude that's anything but holier-than-thou, Jane Hammerslough encourages readers to explore how a consumption-crazed culture affects their own relationships with objects. By considering what possessions can and can't do, and by exploring where belief in the magic of the material encroaches on belief in ourselves and other people, Dematerializing offers insight into the pressures of living in a possession-obsessed environment-and ways to tame materialism in our own lives. Grounded by real-world examples, research, and the author's own experience, this inspiring book is for those who appreciate having "nice things" but are also disturbed by the control "nice things" sometimes have on their lives.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., c2001.
ISBN: 9780738203867
Branch Call Number: 306.30973 Ham 3701 1
Characteristics: x, 278 pages


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Aug 27, 2012

The writing in "dematerializing" was really indicative of Hammerslough's history as a journalist. There could have been a lot more cohesion throughout the book from topic to topic. Overall, I felt each concept was covered in a very simplistic manner, and much of the writing read as a series of articles that were simply stitched together. The book was full of engaging personal excerpts but it did not delve deep enough into the larger questions that are frequently generated in conversations about "the power of possessions". I was hoping for more when I read the introduction to the book, but it never really delivered in the end.

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