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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Account Options Sign in. I remember liking it. I read another one by the same author, tbe The Overspent American, and I found it worthwhile, so that is why I picked up this one, especially because of the subtitle.

The decline of leisure is an interesting subject to me. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

May 15, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 05, Eva rated it it was ok Shelves: The book contains numerous surprises. I have edition.

She also did work on the political economy of central banking. Aug 29, Andi sschor it. I fully recommend to all you potential readers.

However, if I read it right, the number of hours per week that Americans worked increased only teh in the time period she studied–the real increase was in the number of weeks they worked, and she never really explained or speculated on the reasons for this.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

Norms of cleanliness rose.

I love Juliet Schor. At the risk of vastly oversimplifying this book, Schor argues these things: Jan 31, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 02, Selkie rated it ovrworked it. It is a distressing section of the book if you have a shred of empathy in you. Feb 05, Carl Webb rated it really liked it Shelves: Should be required reading. Common 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.


In addition to making these observations, Schor provides reasonable explanations: Jan 20, Eric Bell rated it it was amazing. Standards of mothering grew more rigorous. 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.

Aug 10, leighcia rated it liked it Shelves: I think that is rather sad, because although this book is well written, I only presents one side of a story. This is a great read. 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.

I haven’t read this book in years, but I remember it being inspirational and a half. Paperbackpages.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

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And her ideas for remedy all depend on government. She says that corporations are taking over the lives of employees but then seems to uncritically accept that it’s a good thing to have more women in the job market. I loved the story on page 49, of workers antagonizing clocks controlled by the employer. Schor describes, in depth, how the absence of a culture of consumption results in an understandable lack of compulsion to work.

People don’t really want ocerworked work long hours. It wouldn’t even be hard to do! Finally, her indictment of American materialism contains some gems. But some interesting quotes from before I stopped reading: It made me far more aware of the business cycles that are around me. An excellent analysis of the demands on working people, the decline in workers’ wellbeing, and way that we get sucked into our own oppression, backed up with scholarly research, clear argument, insightful analysis.

A groundbreaking book, but probably not a must-read in Also touches on the schir of house work as real work.

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

This book is a launching pad into new areas of research in the fields of sociology, psychology and economics. Nov 25, Lawrence rated it really liked it. Why are we—unlike eve Oevrworked pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever. No eBook available Amazon.