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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Schor is a board member and co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to transforming North American lifestyles to make them more ecologically and socially sustainable. Business leaders’ class instinct tells them that lasting full employment is unsound from their point of view and that unemployment is an integral part of the normal capitalist system.

The author does her homework and makes a good composite picture of the signs of the times. What really makes this book shine is the data in the latter chapters of the julidt that discuss the implications of the recent research that shows the broad preference for Americans to receive more free time rather than more money as part of their compensation rise.

However, if I read it right, the number of hours per week that Americans worked increased only slightly in the time period she julidt real increase was in the number of weeks they worked, and she never really explained or speculated on the reasons for this. Lists with This Book. Sep 25, Seth rated it really liked it. Juliet Schor presents the astonishing news that over the past twenty years our working hours have increased by amdrican equivalent of one month per year—a dramatic spurt that has hit everybody: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Reading this book now just makes it seem like more of a harbinger. Though most households have appliances such as washing machines and microwaves designed to save time, Americans now spend more or the same amount of time on housework as they did before. Jul 02, Stephany Wilkes rated it really liked it. At the risk of vastly oversimplifying this book, Schor argues these things: I fully recommend to all you potential readers.


And generally speaking, most employees will prefer higher pay as compensation rather than more flexible or reduced hour An approachable, mostly statistics-based analysis on American work habits over the past century.

This book is important because it drives the point home about how much has been taken from us in t As others have mentioned, this book feels dated because it was written in the late s. 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. Interesting reading, but would be more so if there were not burdened down with so many statistics.

Finally, her indictment of American materialism contains some gems. She suggests remedies for equal pay and equal choice of work opportunities between genders.

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

Page aptly describes my experiences with the social side of working less: This is one of the very few books that I wholeheartedly recommend to everyone I know who are even the tiniest bit interested in labor, economics, or the American reality.

Sep 08, JP rated it it was amazing Shelves: I notice that unlike, Nickel and Dimed schhor Barbara Ehrenreich, this book has not generated a lot of debate and commentary.

Norms of cleanliness rose. Feb 11, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 24, Brent Neal rated it liked it.

On page she describes how hard working less can be to implement; how men want shorter hours but the jobs are full time. She has co-edited, The Golden Age of Capitalism: Schor demonstrates that Americans work hours, both at home and at the workplace, have increased. This book is important because it drives the point home about how much has been taken from us in the buying of our uuliet how much time corporate thieves have stolen; and how much of our own suffering we permit.

Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer. However, when she tried to summarize what she called “neo-classical economics” by saying that it proposed that workers make their own choices freely, I KNOW she is oversimplifying conservative tenets. Schor’s latest book is Born to Buy: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Just chill out, everybody.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

Nov 14, Harry Klinkhamer rated it liked it. Jan 20, Eric Bell rated it it was amazing. Common terms and phrases Andre Gorz Annual Hours average become benefits Boston Globe Boston University calculated capitalism child cited companies americn consumerism consumption corporate culture Current Population Survey decades decline demanding domestic labor E. I almost felt like I was reading a book by two people — one scholarly, careful and perceptive, and one who had uncritically assimilated various “isms” and reproduced them without thinking about whether or how they contradicted her central theses.

An approachable, mostly statistics-based analysis on American work habits over the past century. News accounts of the last few years have depicted the evolution of the man in the gray flannel suit into the hour-per- week yuppie, and of Superwoman into a bundle of frayed nerves who finds she Want to Read saving…. 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 As other reviewers have noted, the statistics in this book, though dated at this point, are fascinating.

It wouldn’t even be hard to do! Jyliet describes, in depth, how the absence of a culture of consumption results in an understandable lack of compulsion to work.

This book now 20 years old seems especially timely in the current depression era that seems to have no end. An elementary exercise in arithmetic that I always mention which I learned from this book is that if – instead of pay increases – we had compensated tye with free time as they became more productive on the job starting in The quotation from economist Michael Kalecki on page 75 is well worth remembering:

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