The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, And The New Consumer

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Basic Books, Apr 26, 1998 - Social Science - 272 pages
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An in-depth look at the corruption of the “American Dream,” the follow-up to the the Overworked American examines the consumer lives of Americans and the pitfalls of “keeping up with the Joneses.” Schor explains how and why the purchases of others in our social and professional communities can put pressure on us to spend more than we can afford to, how television viewing can undermine our ability to save, and why even households with good incomes have taken on so much debt for so many products they don't need and often don't even want.

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Here, twenty some years later, I'm rereading my notes about Schor's very interesting ideas, especially those about what kind of economy would result if we began consuming less. I must have read this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

Juliet Schor is witty and compelling, as always, in her exploration of how Americans have come to be overburdened with debt, groaning credit cards at the ready to tackle even more spending. How did we ... Read full review

Contents

When Spending Becomes You
65
Will Consuming Less Wreck the Economy?
169
Appendixes
197
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