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De Graaf, John

Works: 67 works in 250 publications in 1 language and 8,281 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Documentary films  History  Nonfiction films  Biography  Juvenile works  Short films  Film adaptations  Environmental films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Director, Producer, Editor, Narrator, Film editor
Classifications: HN60, 306.0973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John De Graaf
Affluenza : the all consuming epidemic by John De Graaf( Book )

25 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 2,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the origins, causes, and symptoms of Affluenza, society's compulsive desire to acquire, and discusses such treatment as strengthening immunity against advertising and minimizing the side-effects of over-consumption
Affluenza( Visual )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A fascinating look at one of the greatest social maladies of our time: overconsumption and materialism. Hosted by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the program explores both the comical and sobering aspects of our consumerism and its enormous impact on families, communities and the environment. With the help of historians and archival film, Affluenza reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prizes thriftiness - with strong beliefs in 'plain living and high thinking' - into the ultimate consumer society"--Container
Affluenza : how overconsumption is killing us-- and how we can fight back by John De Graaf( )

16 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We tried to warn you! The 2008 economic collapse proved how resilient and dangerous affluenza can be. This book can safely be called prophetic in showing how problems ranging from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms of this global plague. The new edition traces the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, discusses new ways to measure social health and success (such as the Gross Domestic Happiness Index), and offers policy recommendations to make our society more simplicity-friendly. The underlying message isn't to stop buying - it's to remember, always, that the best things in life aren't things
Take back your time : fighting overwork and time poverty in America by John De Graaf( )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The typical American worker puts in nine weeks more on the job than his or her European counterpart. The costs of this overwork are enormous, both personally and societally. This bracing collection of essays is both a wide-ranging analysis of the phenomenon and a blueprint for change. With contributions by such notable names as Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life, and David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, this book shows what ordinary citizens can do to restore balance to themselves and their communities. Take Back Your Time is the official handbook for Take Back Your Time Day, a national event rallying support for reclaiming a proper work-life balance
What's the economy for, anyway? : why it's time to stop chasing growth and start pursuing happiness by John De Graaf( Book )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What's The Economy For, Anyway? is a thought-provoking, funny, readable, anti-ideological book based on the cult hit film of the same name. Here, scholars John de Graaf (author of Affluenza) and David Batker tackle thirteen touchstone economic issues and challenge readers to consider just what the point of our economy is. Emphasizing powerful American ideals such as working together, pragmatism, and equality for all, de Graaf and Batker set forth a simple, powerful goal for any economic system: the greatest good for the greatest number, over the longest run. Their vision will appeal to a wide array of readers across traditional silos. Drawing from this nation's rich economic history, the book shows that the good life in America is achieved when people and markets work together with an active government to create a better economy, one that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. Beginning by taking our fetish for GDP and shattering it, the chapters touch on quality of life, health, security, time management, worklife, leisure, social justice, and perhaps most important, sustainability. This sparkling, message-driven book is exactly what we need: a guide to what really matters, and how we can use the resources of our economy to make the world a better place"--
Escape from affluenza( Visual )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking off where the documentary Affluenza ends, this television production shows ways individuals are combating consumerism and 'affluenza', including the voluntary simplicity movement. Hosted by Wanda Urbanska, co-author of Simple living
The motherhood manifesto by Laura Pacheco( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Moving personal stories combined with humorous animation, expert commentary and hilarious old film clips tell the tale of what happens to working mothers and families in America. See how enlightened employers and public policy can make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal health care, excellent childcare, after-school programs and realistic living wages a reality for American families."--Container
Buyer be fair : the promise of product certification( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Globalization of world trade seems inevitable, but could lessons learned from fair trade price certification of timber, by the Forest Stewardship Council, and coffee, by Fair Trade, be applied to other products from developing countries?
David Brower : friend of the earth by Debby Anker( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the author and conservationist who has been a key figure in such groups as Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth
What's the economy for anyway? : a tragic comedy in 13 acts( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ecological economist Dave Batker presents a humorous, edgy, factual, timely and highly-visual monologue about the American economy today, challenging the ways we measure economic success, especially the Gross Domestic Product, and offering an answer to the question: What's the economy for, anyway? Using Gifford Pinchot's idea that the economy's purpose is "the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest run," Batker compares the performance of the U.S. economy with that of other industrial countries in terms of providing a high quality of life, fairness and ecological sustainability, concluding that when you do the numbers, we come out near the bottom in nearly every category. Batker shines a humorous light on such economic buzzwords as "productivity" and "consumer sovereignty" while offering ideas for "capitalism with a human face," a new economic paradigm that meets the real needs of people and the planet"--Container
Silent killer : the unfinished campaign against hunger( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the face and causes of hunger around the world. Focuses on Kenya, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil. Highlights the "fome zero" project in Brazil that is taking massive steps to alleviate the hunger conditions there
Running out of time( Visual )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As technology expands to provide Americans with more labor-saving devices, Americans still feel they have less and less leisure time. Is time becoming the luxury of the 90's? Host Scott Simon investigates this "time famine' phenomenon
Beyond organic : the vision of Fairview Gardens( Visual )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of Fairview Gardens, a 12-acre farm located in the Galena Valley, north of Santa Barbara. Managed for the past two decades by visionary farmer/photographer/author, Michael Ableman, the farm is a model of sustainable food production and community development
A personal matter : Gordon Hirabayashi versus the United States( Visual )

8 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the 43-year struggle to overturn the conviction of Gordon Hirabayashi which resulted when he defied internment in a Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II on the grounds that the order violated his Constitutional freedoms
For earth's sake : the life and times of David Brower( Visual )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life of Dave Brower, founder of Friends of the Earth, former executive director of Sierra Club
On nature's terms : people and predators co-existing in harmony( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Makes the important connection between the ecological, economic, and social factors essential for carnivore species conservation and the necessity of protecting the large connected expanses of land vital to their survival. It chronicles how age-old myths and misperceived notions about these animals devastated predator populations and brought many near to extinction when settlers made their way west -- myths that persist today. With dramatic footage and compelling stories, it shows how ordinary citizens in both rural and urban America are learning to coexist with predators and are protecting and restoring these magnificent species and their habitats
The great vacation squeeze( Visual )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Americans have the shortest vacations of any rich country. And they are actually getting even shorter. The US is one of only five countries in the world ... which has no law guaranteeing any paid vacation time for workers. The average US vacation is a bit over two weeks, while the median is only about a week and a half, and American workers give back about three vacation days every year. Europeans enjoy five or six weeks of vacation each year and are healthier than Americans. Vacations matter--for productivity, happiness, family bonding and especially, health."--Container
Visible target( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses historical film footage, maps, old photographs, newspaper clippings, comic strips, handbills, and anti-Japanese literature to show the turmoil experienced by Japanese-Americans during World War II. Discusses the use of detention camps, focusing chiefly on events in Bainbridge Island, Wash
Genetic time bomb( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the loss of genetic diversity in food crops, as farmers around the world grow hybrids instead of local varieties. Looks at efforts to collect, save, grow, and distribute rare and threatened seeds
Green plans : documentary( Visual )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at the comprehensive national environmental policies, or green plans, that The Netherlands and New Zealand have developed
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Affluenza : the all consuming epidemic
Take back your time : fighting overwork and time poverty in AmericaWhat's the economy for, anyway? : why it's time to stop chasing growth and start pursuing happiness
Alternative Names
De Graaf, John 1946-

DeGraaf, John 1946-

Graaf, John de

Graaf, John de 1946-

그라프, 존 더

드 그라프, 존

デ・グラーフ, ジョン

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