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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1999, c1998
ISBN: 0060977582
Branch Call Number: 339.47 S374o 1999
Characteristics: xv, 253 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm

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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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