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The Overworked American The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure This pathbreaking book explains why contrary to all expectations Americans are working harder than ever Juliet Schor presents the astonishing news that over the past twenty years our working hours h

  • Title: The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure
  • Author: Juliet B. Schor
  • ISBN: 9780465054343
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline Of Leisure By Juliet B. Schor, This pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever Juliet Schor presents the astonishing news that over the past twenty years our working hours have increased by the equivalent of one month per year a dramatic spurt that has hit everybody men and women, professionals as well as low paid workers Why are we unlike eveThis pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever Juliet Schor presents the astonishing news that over the past twenty years our working hours have increased by the equivalent of one month per year a dramatic spurt that has hit everybody men and women, professionals as well as low paid workers Why are we unlike every other industrialized Western nation repeatedly choosing money over time And what can we do to get off the treadmill

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    1. As others have mentioned, this book feels dated because it was written in the late 1990s Fortunately, the author has published similarly themed books recently Reading this book now just makes it seem like of a harbinger It also has me wondering what carrots employers will dangle to get us to work long hours when we re no longer dependent on them for health care in the very near future This book is important because it drives the point home about how much has been taken from us in the buying of [...]

    2. The Overworked American is an incredible work of academic inspection that is totally relatable to the general public, and which touches on topics and issues that most of us if not all of us can identify with.At the risk of vastly oversimplifying this book, Schor argues these things Americans work than they need to Americans work than they want to Americans aren t getting leisure time as time passes, but in fact are receiving less Business elites are to blame for this contradiction Business el [...]

    3. Should be required reading How and why the 8 hour day and 40 hour week are kiling our society and our selves.

    4. 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 decline of leisure is an interesting subject to me The author does her homework and makes a good composite picture of the signs of the times What I noticed upon reading this is that her politics tend to get in the way of her analysis I almost felt like I was reading a book by two people one scholarly, careful and perceptive, [...]

    5. Great book She talks a lot about materialism consumerism, work family issues, and how to get out of the cycle of work and spend , from a progressive economist s viewpoint 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 s a bit dated 1992 , but if the stats on working hours were updated, she could pretty much leave everything else alone and it would still be relevant to today One of the fine economists wh [...]

    6. The Overworked American is a well researched, but dense economic history of the our struggle with the tradeoff between time and money What really makes this book shine is the data in the latter chapters of the book that discuss the implications of the recent research that shows the broad preference for Americans to receive free time rather than money as part of their compensation rise I also found her framing of the conflict between the labor movement of the early 20th century and businesses o [...]

    7. An approachable, mostly statistics based analysis on American work habits over the past century Schor demonstrates that Americans work hours, both at home and at the workplace, have increased Though most households have appliances such as washing machines and microwaves designed to save time, Americans now spend or the same amount of time on housework as they did before And generally speaking, most employees will prefer higher pay as compensation rather than flexible or reduced hours In additi [...]

    8. A bit too broad, too long, and a little out of date early 90s But some interesting quotes from before I stopped reading U.S manufacturing employees currently work 320 hours the equivalent of over two months than their counterparts in West Germany or France location 80Yet with all these labor saving innovations, no labor has been saved Instead, housework expanded to fill the available time Norms of cleanliness rose Standards of mothering grew rigorous location 166If you need an alarm clock, the [...]

    9. A ground breaking study on working America that is well researched and practical The author traces the history of work from the Middle Ages to modern day and presents arguments from all sides I learned interesting facts about work habits and our culture that are highly relevant to life, health and happiness but were never mentioned in any text or lecture during my four years as a business major.This book is a launching pad into new areas of research in the fields of sociology, psychology and eco [...]

    10. As other reviewers have noted, the statistics in this book, though dated at this point, are fascinating However, if I read it right, the number of hours per week that Americans worked increased only slightly in the time period she studied the real increase was in the number of weeks they worked, and she never really explained or speculated on the reasons for this All I can think of is that it was because of a shift in the types of jobs people hold in the 60s, maybe people were still in agricult [...]

    11. Interesting reading, but would be so if there were not burdened down with so many statistics Being a bestseller, one would think this would have been a call to arms to bring the unions back, bud sadly over fifteen years later the lack of time off has decreased even I know at my job it is less than one day then even last year, that they wanted to take Independence day away from us this year already have it on the agenda to so do next year Is this what our country has come to that we cannot even [...]

    12. I thought it was informative and depressing depressing because most US workers are still obsessed with the outdated Puritan work ethic and endless consumption US workers especially those who have time, like the unemployed need to read this book As our economy continues to be radically reshaped, and we wonder what our future work lives may be, this book presents a compelling argument to reduce our average working hours days months and re invest in our families and communities.

    13. A very informative and interesting book It made me far aware of the business cycles that are around me This is a great read.I notice that unlike, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, this book has not generated a lot of debate and commentary I think that is rather sad, because although this book is well written, I only presents one side of a story A unique side, to be sure, but not the only side.

    14. Aside from being a bit old, this book takes a comprehensive look at modern working habits and compares that with several key points in history Several oof the ideas suggested by the author for limiting overwork are effective In the end, the author calls for a greater appreciation and meaningful use of leisure time.

    15. This book discussed the development of our economic system over the past 200 years or so and how it has resulted in our current state of almost constant work and lack of leisure time Also touches on the disappearance of house work as real work.

    16. This is dated now, but still has a lot of interesting points some of which I agree with and some I don t There was in some cases too much repetition of certain points and not enough fleshing out of others, which is why I only gave it three stars.

    17. fantastic deconstruction of how our American working culture has gotten into it s current mess it will make you think twice about all the plastic shit your re buying, whether you really need it, and whether you really want to work to be able to have it.

    18. An excellent analysis of the demands on working people, the decline in workers wellbeing, and way that we get sucked into our own oppression, backed up with scholarly research, clear argument, insightful analysis.

    19. An urgent clarion call for everyone to just chill out before the American experiment goes irreversibly awry Really Just chill out, everybody.

    20. Although a bit dated, this book shows how American society chose consumerism over relaxation as the benefit of modernization.

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