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The Overspent American

Why We Want What We Don't Need
Schor, Juliet (Book - 1999)
The Overspent American
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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.
Authors: Schor, Juliet
Title: The overspent American
why we want what we don't need
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1999, c1998
Characteristics: xv, 253 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Juliet B. Schor
Notes: Originally published: New York, NY : Basic Books, c1998
Contents: Communicating with commodities: how what we buy speaks volumes
The visible lifestyle: American symbols of status
When spending becomes you
The downshifter next door
Learning Diderot's lesson: stopping the upward creep of desire
Epilogue: Will consuming less wreck the economy?
ISBN: 0060977582
Branch Call Number: 339.47 S374o 1999
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-196) and index
Subject Headings: Values United States Saving and investment United States Lifestyles United States Finance, Personal United States Debt United States Credit United States Consumption (Economics) United States Consumer behavior United States
Topical Term: Values
Saving and investment
Finance, Personal
Consumption (Economics)
Consumer behavior
LCCN: 98052011
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We are caught in an endless cycle of work and spend. Is there a way to break it? And how did we get here?

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