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The overworked American : the unexpected decline of leisure

Author: Juliet Schor
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Basic Books, ©1991.
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This pathbreaking book explains why, contrary to all expectations, Americans are working harder than ever. The author 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,  Read more...
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Schor, Juliet.
Overworked American.
[New York, N.Y.] : Basic Books, ©1991
(OCoLC)655079356
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Juliet Schor
ISBN: 0465054331 9780465054336 046505434X 9780465054343
OCLC Number: 24320081
Description: xvii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The overworked American --
2. Time squeeze: the extra month of work : Theories of the time squeeze ; Doing more for the paycheck ; More people working ; More hours of work ; The shrinking vacation ; The time squeeze at home ; Involuntary leisure: underemployment and unemployment --
3. "A life at hard labor": capitalism and working hours : Capitalism and the erosion of leisure ; The daily wage and the expansion of worktime ; Piece rates: "under-pay makes over-work" ; Wage workers' rising hours ; The demands of mechanization ; Workplace of discipline and the employment rent ; The role of fringe benefits ; The salaried laborer's free hours ; The fight for shorter hours ; Business opposition ; The last major battle: the thirty-hour week ; Labor gives up the fight ; The rising hours of the postwar era --
4. Overwork in the household : The constancy of housewives' hours ; The upgrading of standards and the expansion of services ; The Parkinson's law of housework: low-cost labor ; The perpetuation of domestic inefficiency ; Housework today and tomorrow --
5. The insidious cycle of work-and-spend : Shop 'til you drop ; Work-and-spend is a middle-class affliction ; The creation of discontent ; Capitalism's squirrel cage ; The pitfalls of consumerism ; Causes of the work-and-spend cycle ; Assessing the neoclassical view ; The social nature of work-and-spend ; The perils of homo economicus --
6. Exiting the squirrel cage : Breaking the work-and-spend cycle ; New incentives for employers ; Giving up future income for time off ; Inequalities of time ; Can America afford less work? ; Overcoming consumerism ; The value of leisure time ; Reclaiming leisure --
Appendix : A. The stability of postwar hours, 1948-1968 --
B. Comparison of our results with estimates from the Universities of Michigan and Maryland --
C. Method for estimating market hours --
D. Estimates of household hours.
Responsibility: Juliet B. Schor.
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This pathbreaking book documents for the first time the unanticipated decline in leisure both at work and in the home over the last twenty years and explains why Americans enjoy less leisure today  Read more...

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