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The overspent American : upscaling, downshifting, and the new consumer
Schor, Juliet.
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperPerennial, 1999.

Physical Description:
253 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York, NY : Basic Books, c1998.
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Central Library HF5415.33.U6 S36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Overspent American explores why so many of us feel materially dissatisfied, why we work staggeringly long hours and yet walk around with ever-present mental "wish lists" of things to buy or get, and why Americans save less than virtually anyone in the world. Unlike many experts, Harvard economist Juliet B. Schor does not blame consumers' lack of self-discipline. Nor does she blame advertisers. Instead she analyzes the crisis of the American consumer in a culture where spending has become the ultimate social art.

Author Notes

Juliet B. Schor, bestselling author of The Overworked American and senior lecturer and Director of Studies, Women's Studies, at Harvard University, writes and lectures widely of issues of work and consumption. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
1 Introductionp. 1
2 Communicating with Commodities: How What We Buy Speaks Volumesp. 25
3 The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Statusp. 43
4 When Spending Becomes Youp. 65
5 The Downshifter Next Doorp. 111
6 Learning Diberot's Lesson: Stopping the Upward Creep of Desirep. 143
Epilogue Will Consuming Less Wreck the Economy?p. 169
Bibliographyp. 175
Organizationsp. 209
Notesp. 211
Indexp. 245

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