tax cuts to encourage Americans to work harder. Au contraire wrote Dr. Juliet. B. Schor in The Overworked American, which briefly made the nonfiction best-. THE OVERWORKED AMERICAN The Unexpected Decline of Leisure. By Juliet B . Schor. pp. New York: Basic Books. $ Text: AROUND. This pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever. Juliet Schor presents the astonishing news that over.

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As for Schor’s politics Or in mining or factories where things are slow at certain times of the year? This is a great read. I read another one by the same author, called The Overspent American, and I found it worthwhile, so that is why I picked up this one, especially because of the subtitle. But Schor is not naive. Published March 24th by Basic Books first published January 28th Dec 14, Jeff Doucette rated it it was amazing.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

Apr 07, Kris rated it really liked it Shelves: I remember liking it. The social position of the boss would be undermined and the self assurance and class consciousness of the working class would grow Schor’s latest book is Born to Buy: The Overworked American is a well-researched, but dense economic history of the our struggle with the tradeoff between time and money.

A very informative and interesting book. Aside from being a bit old, this book takes a comprehensive look at modern working habits and compares that with several key points in history. Read this to find out why!


It made me far more aware of the business cycles that are around me. Jun 01, Willa rated it really amerucan it Shelves: Mar 05, Eva rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is a launching pad into new areas of research in the fields of sociology, psychology and economics. Amerlcan terms and phrases Andre Gorz Annual Hours average become benefits Boston Globe Boston University calculated capitalism child cited companies consumer consumerism consumption corporate culture Current Population Survey decades decline demanding domestic labor E.

The author traces the history of work from the Middle Ages to modern day and presents arguments from all sides. What Overwoorked noticed upon reading this is that her politics tend to get in the way of her analysis.

All I can think of is that it was because of a shift in the types of jobs people hold–in the 60s, maybe more people were still in agriculture? May 15, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: I learned interesting facts about work habits and our culture that are highly relevant to life, health and happiness but were never mentioned amrrican any text kuliet lecture during my four years as a business major.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure – Juliet Schor – Google Books

This book discussed the development of our economic system over the past years or so and how it has resulted in our current state of almost constant work and lack of leisure time. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In the end, the author calls for a greater appreciation and more americaj use of leisure time.


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The thing that would have given this book five stars for me is if she had gone just a little further and called less for liberal reforms that will most likely only superficially help the situation and more for radical solutions that address the root of the problem though she does say that it’s capitalism, not industry, that is the primary culprit for the rise in working hours and the decline of leisure.

Juliet Schor presents the astonishing news that over the past twenty years our working hours have increased by the equivalent of americaan month per year—a dramatic spurt that has hit everybody: Several oof the ideas suggested by the author for limiting overwork are effective.

Sep 08, JP rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although a bit dated, this book shows how American society chose consumerism over relaxation as the benefit of modernization.