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De Graaf, John

Works: 73 works in 276 publications in 2 languages and 8,365 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Nonfiction television programs  History  Nonfiction films  Film adaptations  Biography  Drama  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Director, Producer, Editor, Film editor, Narrator
Classifications: HN60, 306.0973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John De Graaf
Affluenza : the all consuming epidemic by John De Graaf( Book )

29 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 2,370 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 : how overconsumption is killing us-- and how we can fight back by John De Graaf( )

21 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,149 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( )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book is timed to publicize Take Back Your Time Day on October 24, 2003, this date intended to highlight that Americans typically work nine weeks longer than Western Europeans. The collection comprises 30 essays by people like Cecile Andrews, author of Circle of Simplicity; Kirk Warren Brown, psychology, U. of Rochester; David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World; Christine Owens of the AFL-CIO; and Camilla Fox of the Animal Protection Institute in Sacramento (Ms. Fox argues that overwork means neglect of pets). Other contributions include short essays (with even shorter editorial introductions) addressing such topics as making the right pitch to supervisors for reduced time, "overemployment" (being forced to work longer than one wants), and overwork's impact on community and the environment. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Affluenza( Visual )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and held by 889 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
What's the economy for, anyway? : why it's time to stop chasing growth and start pursuing happiness by John De Graaf( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 615 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 )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 391 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 )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 296 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 208 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 178 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 146 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?"--Original container
Silent killer : the unfinished campaign against hunger( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 136 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
Días contados by Imanol Uribe( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and held by 84 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 68 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 )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 59 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
The great vacation squeeze( Visual )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 55 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
For earth's sake : the life and times of David Brower( Visual )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 54 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
Visible target( Visual )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 46 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 44 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
Affluenza : Zeitkrankheit Konsum by John De Graaf( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in German and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entsage dem Getümmel, zieh' den Fernsehstecker, kündige deinem Internetprovider, stell' das Radio aus ... reise weniger, kauf' weniger Plunder, meide das Einkaufszentrum, schalte den Anrufbeantworter ab, wirf dein Handy weg, vereinfache dein Leben ... Diese Botschaft vermitteln der Wirtschaftsprofessor Thomas H. Naylor, der Kulturkritiker John de Graaf und der Umweltexperte David Wann auf unterhaltsame Weise, indem sie Ursachen und Wirkung des Konsumverhaltens als Krankheit (eben Affluenza) mit vielfältigen Symptomen (Stress, Überschuldung, Umweltverschmutzung, Bindungsverlust etc.) beschreiben. Basierend auf einem Dokumentarfilm im staatlichen Fernsehen der USA von 1997, werden die materiellen, psychischen und ökologischen Kosten unserer 'Überflussgesellschaft' belegt und Gegenstrategien (Therapien) entwickelt, wie man sich als Individuum dem Konsumdruck entziehen kann. Ein radikaler Ansatz zu einer anderen Lebensqualität, der manchen Lesern weltfremd, anderen doch recht lebensnah vorkommen wird
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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-

Де Грааф Джон

드 그라프, 존 1946-

デ・グラーフ, ジョン

English (169)

German (4)