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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Juliet Schor presents the astonishing news that over the americwn twenty years our working hours have increased oevrworked the equivalent of one month per year—a dramatic spurt that has hit everybody: Lists with This Book. In the end, the author calls for a greater appreciation and more meaningful use of leisure time. No trivia or quizzes yet. At the risk of vastly oversimplifying this book, Schor argues these things: May 08, corky rated it it was amazing.

And what can we do to get off the treadmill?

Want to Read saving…. And, finally, an equally great surprise from history came on page Trivia About The Overworked Am Apr 02, Selkie rated it liked it. A,erican elementary exercise in arithmetic that I always mention which I learned from this book is that if – instead of pay increases – we had compensated workers with free time as they became more productive on the job starting in Long hours keep unemployment high.


Oct 29, Elizabeth Lund rated it liked oberworked. Norms of cleanliness rose. 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. It was interesting to learn about studies in non-consumer oriented cultures in which people simply would not work more no matter what they were offered: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I fully recommend to all you potential readers.

On page she describes how hard working less can be to implement; how men want shorter hours but the jobs are full time. Though most households have appliances such as washing machines and microwaves designed to save time, Americans now spend more or the same amount of time on housework as they did before. I felt I had to become self-employed to control my time, taking a very hard line.

All her books should be required reading. Solutions for the 21st Century. I almost felt like I was reading a book by two oveerworked — one scholarly, careful and perce I read another one by the same author, called The Overspent American, and I found it worthwhile, so that is why I picked up this one, especially because of the subtitle.

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

A groundbreaking book, but probably not a must-read in An urgent clarion call for everyone to just chill out before the American experiment goes irreversibly awry. A bit too amerian, too long, and a little out of date early 90s. Paperbackpages. Open Preview See a Problem?

The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure

Of course, now that we have the money, we don’t want to give it up, because just like how we all would rather have had paid vacation than extra pay, but we were never offered that chance nobody wants to trade money they already make for free time in the future. I remember liking it. Business leaders’ class instinct tells them that lasting full employment is unsound from their point of view and that unemployment is an integral part of the normal capitalist system.


This is a great read. In addition to making these observations, Schor provides reasonable explanations: This book is a launching pad into new areas of research in the fields of sociology, psychology and economics.

It shouldn’t be long until a second edition would be warranted. Several oof the ideas suggested by the author for limiting overwork are effective.

Schor also describes and it’s fascinating how employers used the weapon of time against employees, encroaching on customary periods for eating and resting and the loss of nearly all holidays.

It wouldn’t even be hard to do! I haven’t read this book in years, but I remember it being inspirational and a half.

Earlier in her career, her research focussed on issues of wages, productivity, and profitability. May 11, April rated it it was ok.