Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don?t Need

Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don?t Need

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by Juliet B. Schor, Juliet B. Schor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060977582

ISBN-13: 9780060977580

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060977580
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Harper Perennial
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
275,664
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.....................................................ix
Preface...........................................................xiii
1 Introduction.....................................................1
2 Communicating with Commodities: How What We Buy Speaks 3 The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Status...............43
4 When Spending Becomes You.......................................65
5 The Downshifter Next Door......................................111
6 Learning Diderot's Lesson: Stopping the Upward Creep of Epilogue: Will Consuming Less Wreck the Economy?...................169
Bibliography.......................................................175
Appendixes.........................................................197
Organizations......................................................209

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Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don?t Need 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TayllorJohnson More than 1 year ago
I thought the book had a lot of research to back it up. I enjoyed how Schor was able to track this trend all the back to the 1900's making it clear that this is not an old phenomenon. It was easy to read and easy to connect to with the anecdotes that proved that not only can this trend be detrimental but also possible to overcome. The graphs, though sometimes hard to understand put the numbers into perspective. I appreciate how she used psychology and sociology to back up her thesis.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book was very interesting and filled with facts and numbers that just show how much americans spend on things they dont need. however, i felt that it was a bit repetative i felt like i was reading the same thing just with different numbers.