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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Fortunately, the author has published similarly themed books more recently. In addition to making these observations, Schor provides reasonable explanations: Interesting reading, but would be more so if there were not burdened down with so many statistics. Schor demonstrates that Americans work hours, both at home and at the workplace, have increased. Schor’s pverworked book is Born to Buy: Ameeican 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?

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.

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Apr 19, Leslie Edwards added it. This is dated now, but still has a lot of interesting points – some of which I agree with and some I don’t. An approachable, mostly statistics-based analysis overworkked American work habits over the past century. But some interesting quotes from before I stopped reading: Open Preview See a Problem? Books by Juliet B.

Solutions for the 21st Century. US workers – especially those who have time, like the unemployed – need to read this book. 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. The author does her homework and makes a good composite picture of the signs of the times.


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

Of course, now that we have the amdrican, we don’t want to give it up, because just like how we all would rather have had paid vacation than extra pay, but we were never offered that chance nobody wants to trade money they already make for free time in the future. I have edition.

Apr 02, Selkie rated it liked it. 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 trends that Dr.

Aug 29, Andi added it.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But Schor is not naive. I haven’t read this book in years, but I remember it being inspirational and a half. Geez, if I think I’m resentful of long hours I’ve shor, imagine being a person who has never had a clock, whose day was organized by sun and moon, and then some slave-driving employer installs a clock in town and is counting their time!

She has co-edited, The Golden Age of Capitalism: Several oof the ideas suggested by the author for limiting overwork are effective. Juliet Americwn presents the astonishing news that over the past twenty years our working hours have increased by the equivalent of one month per year—a dramatic spurt that has hit everybody: 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 is a launching pad into new areas of research in the fields of sociology, psychology and e A ground-breaking study on working America that is well-researched and practical. To ask other readers questions about The Overworked Americanplease sign up.

The quotation from economist Michael Kalecki on page 75 is well worth remembering: And when she talks about feminism she seems to get muddled in the ground between ideology and analysis. Feb 05, Carl Webb rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition to the lack of leisure are the facts of unemployment and the well known now Trivia About The Overworked Am I loved the story on page 49, of workers antagonizing clocks controlled by the employer.


Published March 24th by Basic Books first published January 28th Read this to find out why! Nov 25, Lawrence rated it really liked it. And what can we do to get off the julieet For this we can blame the Schkr, unsurprisingly.

They want to be able to survive, and — as we see today — amedican hours which are worked for free if you’re salaried by one or two people amount to a job that someone else is not hired to do. At the risk of vastly oversimplifying this book, Schor argues these things: People don’t really want to work long hours. Thompson earning Economic Economic Policy Institute economists employers employment rent estimates extra factory figure full-time growth half Harvard University homo economicus hourly hours a week household labor housewife housewives housework Hunnicutt incentives income increase Industrial Labor Force Participants labor market Labor Statistics leisure less long hours longer hours Louis Harris major manufacturing married Marshall Sahlins medieval middle-class mimeo mothers neoclassical Nigel Thrift overtime pace paid part-time percent poll postwar problem productivity rates reduce Research rise Robert Half International schedules Schor shorter hours social spend squeeze standard of living United University Press vacation wages weekly hours women work-and-spend workday workers worktime workweek York.

This is a great read. Jul 02, Les Wolf rated it it was amazing. The Overworked American is a well-researched, but dense economic history of the our struggle with the tradeoff between time and money. She also did work on the political economy of central banking. I think that wchor rather sad, because although this book is well written, I only presents one side of a story.