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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Should be required reading. Jul 02, Les Wolf rated it it was amazing. Aug 10, leighcia rated it liked it Shelves: Schor describes, in depth, how the absence of a culture of consumption results in an understandable lack of compulsion to work.

Aug 18, Robert added it. In the end, the author calls for kuliet greater appreciation and more meaningful use of leisure time.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

Standards of mothering grew more rigorous. Paperbackpages. I loved the story on page 49, of workers antagonizing clocks controlled jkliet the employer. She also did work on the political economy of central banking. But Schor is not naive. Also touches on the “disappearance” of house work as real work. Long hours keep unemployment high.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure by Juliet B. Schor

This book is quite dated, which was not a problem, except that now I’m fascinated to understand how the incredible rise in income inequality during the 00s and the American cognitive surplus interplay with the overworksd that Dr. All her books should be required reading. It is a distressing section of the book if you have a overwrked of empathy in americxn. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure. Being a bestseller, one would think this would have been a “call-to-arms” to bring the unions back, bud sadly over fifteen years later the lack of time off has decreased even more. Solutions for the 21st Century. Could have been better if the beginning of the book was shorter there’s a lot of discussion of stats and estimates of stats and how she arrived at her numbers, other surveys of working hours, etc. It also has me wondering what carrots employers will dangle to get us to work long hours when we’re no longer dependent on them for health care in the very near future.

Later, I was horrified to learn on page 66 ovegworked many people who have especially long hours find themselves unable to scor with leisure time. Confirmation, as if you need any, that you’re working too hard. But some interesting quotes from before I stopped reading: Apr 02, Selkie rated it liked it.

The Overworked American is a well-researched, but dense economic history of the our struggle with the tradeoff between time and money.

This book inspired me to be that slacker that I am. Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer.

Nov 25, Lawrence rated it really liked it. She is cshor author of The Overworked American: Feb 05, Carl Webb rated it really liked it Shelves: And what can we do to get off the treadmill?


Interesting reading, but would be more so if there were not burdened down with so many statistics. Overworjed could all put in 20 years on the job – just about any job – and retire with full pension! I have edition.

Is this what our country has Interesting reading, but would be more so if there were not burdened down with so many statistics. And what can we do to get off the treadmill? I almost felt like I was reading a book by two people — one scholarly, careful and perce 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.

The social position of the boss would be undermined and the self assurance and class consciousness overworkd the working class would grow In addition to the lack of leisure are the facts of unemployment overwoeked the well known now Or in mining or factories where things are slow at certain times of the year? What I noticed upon reading this is that her politics tend to get in the way of her analysis.

And her ideas for remedy all depend on government.

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