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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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. Aug 29, Andi added it. Want to Read saving….

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Read it a long time ago in college.

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

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. Could have been better if the beginning of the book was shorter there’s a lot jullet discussion of stats and estimates of stats and how she arrived at her numbers, other surveys of working hours, etc. In addition to making these observations, Schor provides reasonable explanations: The decline of leisure is an interesting subject to me.

This pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever. The social position of the boss would be undermined and the self assurance and class consciousness of the working class would grow Tje was even all right with her proposed amercian for the problem, mainly tbe matter of the government passing laws to restrict work hours.


One of the fine econo Great book. 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.

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Clear, lucid sociology showing how the personal is political. A very informative and interesting book. The thing that would have given this book five stars for me overworkedd 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 remember liking it.

Several oof the ideas suggested by the author for limiting overwork are effective. For this we can blame the Puritans, unsurprisingly. Books by Juliet B. Should be required reading. No trivia or quizzes yet. Geez, if I think I’m resentful of long hours I’ve worked, 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!

And what can we do to get off the treadmill? Although a bit dated, this book shows how American society chose consumerism over relaxation as the benefit of modernization. She also did work on the political economy of central banking. May 08, corky rated it it was amazing.

It wouldn’t even be hard to do! Solutions for the 21st Century. Just chill out, everybody. Earlier in her career, her research focussed on issues of wages, productivity, and profitability.

Be the first to ask a question about The Overworked American. Schor demonstrates that Americans work hours, both at home and at the workplace, have increased. Jan 31, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Standards of mothering grew more rigorous. It pained me to read about it.


Aug 10, leighcia rated it liked it Shelves: It is a distressing section of the book if you have a shred of empathy in you.

I had no idea our workaholic nation was once so close to the hour week. The book contains numerous surprises. And her ideas for remedy all depend on government. There’s a good history of the work week, dating back to medieval Europe and beyond that, though with much less precision in her estimates. So I loved the chapters on ameerican medieval work ethic compared to the industrial and post-industrial ones, and the tables demonstrating the increases in work-hours and the deleterious effects these have had on human quality of life and even on productivity and creativity in our sxhor.

This is ameeican great read. Other editions – View all The Overworked American: Apr 07, Kris rated it really liked it Shelves: At the risk of vastly oversimplifying this book, Schor argues these things: I think that is rather sad, because although this book is well written, I only presents one side of a story.

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

On page she describes how hard working less can be to implement; cshor men want shorter hours but the jobs are full time. She suggests remedies for equal pay and equal choice of work opportunities between genders. Sep 08, JP rated it it was amazing Shelves: