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The article by Hamilton which is entitled the Affluenza in Australia is the main focus of the study. There are different concepts related to affluenza presented in the article which revolves on the relationship of wealth and the fulfillment of the people in life. Based on the report, people in Australia are becoming decreasingly dissatisfied with their life regardless of the increasing trend of income in the country (Hamilton 2005, 16).
The article presented different situations in the way of life in Australia that can be considered as indications of affluenza. One is the view that ‘people that are wealthy on the basis of international or historical standard’ have the notion that their way of life is tough. Even 62 percent of the population in Australia has the perception that they have no capability to buy the things they need (Hamilton 2005, 16).
This is considered as affluenza since on the basis of the material things owned by the households in Australia, the lifestyle of the people there can be considered as luxurious. This can be observed on the basis of different examples such as the size of houses, the household appliances and the average income of the people (Hamilton 2005, 16).
There are different points to analyze the article. These include the components of the article, the points presented and the empirical data and evidences presented which present the relationship to affluenza in the Australian society.
In terms of the components and manner of presentation of the data, the article can be considered to lack certain parts such as the presentation of the main objectives and methodology used in the study. These components are considered important in an article to be able to point out the reliability of the information. Such components are required for both quantitative and qualitative studies. In terms of the article title, it can be considered to represent a broad area that includes all the issues related to affluenza
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Affluenza is an antique problem that traces its roots into the fore fathers of the human populace. According to the Christian, Jewish and Islamic doctrines, Adam and Eve were the initiators of the problem of affluenza. These doctrines implicate that Adam and Eve still pursued to possess additional possession regardless of the abundance in the garden.
He suggests that our purchasing habits are a mirror for our desires to identify ourselves with material goods which is evidenced in the purchasing habits resulting in eating disorders, “affluenza” and other consequences of the consumerism such as stress related disorders (Harmon 8).
The term "consumerism" is commonly used for expressing different ideas. In this essay the term is used to "describe the effects of equating personal happiness with purchasing material possessions and consumption." (Wikipedia 2006). As such it is a term "often associated with criticisms of consumption starting with Karl Marx and Thorstein Veblen, but can actually be traced back to the first human civilizations." (Wikipedia 2006).
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According to Clive Hamilton, more and more Australian families are attributing happiness to the possession of material entities. In the article ‘Affluenza: The new illness in Australia?’ published in Brisbane Line on 23 July 2005, Hamilton systematically intends to dissect this new social phenomenon.
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