Getting a Life: Understanding the downshifting phenomenon in Australia

by Christie Breakspear and Clive Hamilton

Explores in detail the life changes and attitudes of 20 downshifters to answer the questions prompted by the first study on downshifting completed in January 2003. The in-depth interviews were augmented by four focus groups held across the country and aimed to explain why people downshift, how they change, how others react, what are their reflections on the experience and what does downshifting mean?.

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