Now she is back with a critique of our spending. Schor notes that, despite rising wealth and incomes, Americans do not feel any better off. In fact, we tell pollsters we do not have enough money to buy everything we need. And we are almost as likely to say so if we make $85,000 a year as we are if we make $35,000. Schor believes that "keeping up with the Joneses" is no longer enough for today's media-savvy office workers. We set our sights on the lifestyles of those higher up the organizational chart. We seek to emulate characters on TV. For teenagers, "enough" is the idle splendor that hardly exists outside of what MTV un-ironically calls The Real World. Schor offers an original and provocative analysis of why many Americans feel driven and unhappy despite our success. As an alternative, she profiles several "downshifters" who've taken up voluntary simplicity in search of a more satisfying way of life. No policy solutions suggest themselves this time, only a change of heart. --Barry Mitzman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is more of a research-based academic work than a philosophical work. It's easy to read and well documented, though it's VERY MUCH a product of the 90s, so a lot of it is... Read morePublished 5 days ago by C.I.N.
I agreed with Juliet, on the issue of people work more hours and over spending more than their income or unnecessary wanted materials. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tali A. Shoaga
The trajedy of our times. Americans are spending themselves into debt, like our governmemt, without considering the consequences. A very sad and scary time.Published 9 months ago by joevas
The book is an interesting read and prompts a lot of thought. Was shipped and arrived rather promptly! Awesome. A must read.Published 12 months ago by collegebound
I could not really get into this book. I read a lot but it just was so laborious to read that I couldn't get past the first chapter.Published 16 months ago by Amy Vo
Below are key lessons in the form of excerpts that I found particularly insightful from this book in which Juliet "analyzes the crisis of the American consumer in a culture where... Read morePublished 18 months ago by O. Halabieh
Really good book, recommend to those taking ECON. I love how each chapter gives you a different view into society's fascination with trying to "look" rich to everyone even... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very insightful book, especially for me as a woman, on why we spend and how our culture influences our spending. Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Lego Mom
This book does a great job making you think about your spending habits. Most people including myself could use a reality check on wants vs needs. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by J. Carbone