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Do Americans shop too much?

Author: Juliet Schor; Joshua Cohen; Joel Rogers
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2000.
Series: New democracy forum.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Juliet Schor breaks a taboo by exposing Americans' shopping habits to moral society. Schor disapproves of unfettered private consumption, not only because we already use up so much, but also because overspending to bolster a sense of self does not lead to happiness. Along with her critique, Schor suggests intriguing ideas for making 'status' goods accessible for all - for example, imposing high taxes on expensive  Read more...
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Do Americans shop too much?
Boston : Beacon Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)652355638
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juliet Schor; Joshua Cohen; Joel Rogers
ISBN: 080700443X 9780807004432
OCLC Number: 43036905
Description: xvi, 102 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: The new politics of consumption / Juliet Schor --
Market failures / Robert H. Frank --
The Stone Age / James B. Twitchell --
The price is right? / Jack Gibbons --
Quality of life / Clair Brown --
The personal level / Betsy Taylor --
Postmodern markets / Douglas B. Holt --
A new puritanism? / Craig J. Thompson --
Too much economics / Michele Lamont and Virag Molnar --
Leisure for all / Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein, and John Schmitt --
Reply / Juliet Schor.
Series Title: New democracy forum.
Responsibility: Juliet Schor ; foreword by Ralph Nader ; edited by Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers.

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Juliet Schor breaks a taboo by exposing Americans' shopping habits to moral society. Schor disapproves of unfettered private consumption, not only because we already use up so much, but also because overspending to bolster a sense of self does not lead to happiness. Along with her critique, Schor suggests intriguing ideas for making 'status' goods accessible for all - for example, imposing high taxes on expensive items to subsidize lines of affordable 'luxury' goods. A firestorm of responses follow from economist Robert Frank and others.

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