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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An urgent clarion call for everyone to just chill out before the American experiment goes irreversibly awry.

Feb 05, Carl Webb rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by Juliet B. This book is a launching pad into new areas of research in the fields of sociology, psychology and economics. A bit too broad, scuor long, and a little out of date early 90s. Jan 17, William rated it it was amazing.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

Norms of cleanliness rose. One of the fine econo Great book. Fortunately, the author has published similarly themed books more recently.

And, finally, an equally great surprise from history came on page I loved the story on page 49, of workers antagonizing clocks controlled by the employer. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Sure, elementary schools seem like factories to me, but I doubt most people know the extent to which they were intended as such. Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer. But Schor is not naive.

May 15, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: Other editions – View all The Overworked American: And what can we do to get off the treadmill? I remember liking it. 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.


Several oof the ideas suggested by the author for limiting overwork are effective. Nov 14, Harry Klinkhamer rated it liked it. Is this what our country has Interesting reading, but would be more so if there were not burdened down with so many statistics.

I learned interesting facts about work habits and our culture that are highly relevant to life, health and happiness but were never mentioned in any text or lecture during my four years as a business major. Thanks for telling us anerican the problem. Apr 02, Selkie rated it liked it. The author does her homework and makes a good composite picture of the signs of the times.

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Feb 11, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: This pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever. Schor’s latest book is Born to Buy: Long hours keep unemployment high. May 11, April rated it it was ok. Also touches on the “disappearance” of house overworkeed as real work. To ask other readers questions about The Overworked Americanplease sign up.

What really makes this book shine is the data in the latter chapters of the book 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.

Being a bestseller, one would think this would have been a “call-to-arms” to bring a,erican unions back, bud sadly over fifteen years later the lack of time off has decreased even more. No trivia or quizzes yet. We amefican all put in 20 years on the job – just about any job – and retire with full pension!

On page she describes how hard working amdrican can be americann implement; how men want shorter hours but the jobs are full time. I think that when the government meddles it often makes the problem worse rather than better because the government in our nation functions as a monolithic and inefficient corporation in its own right.


Apr 07, Kris rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Jul 23, Malcolm rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

I thought it was informative and depressing; depressing because most US workers are still obsessed with the outdated “Puritan” work ethic and endless consumption.

This book is quite dated, juoiet 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 trends that Dr.

She is also author of The Overworked American: Confirmation, as if you need any, that you’re working too hard. Aug 29, Andi added it.

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

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. Nov 25, Lawrence rated it really liked it.

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