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Do Americans Shop Too Much? (New Democracy Forum)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.

"A civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache." --Robert Pinsky

Synopsis:

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.

The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.

"A civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache." --Robert Pinsky

About the Author

Author of The Overworked American and The Overspent American, Juliet Schor is professor of economics at Harvard University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807004432
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua
Editor:
Rogers, Joel
Editor:
Rogers, Joel
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua; Rogers, Joel
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua
Author:
Nader, Ralph
Author:
Schor, Juliet B.
Author:
Rogers, Joel
Author:
Schor, Juliet
Author:
Cohen, Joshua
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Shopping
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Consumer behavior
Subject:
Cost and standard of living
Subject:
Consumption
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Consumer Behavior - General
Subject:
Consumption (Economics) -- United States.
Subject:
Cost and standard of living -- United States.
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Democracy Forum
Series Volume:
145
Publication Date:
April 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.35 x .3 in .3 lb

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Product details 120 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807004432 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.

The New Democracy Forum is a series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns.

"A civic treasure. . . . A truly good idea, carried out with intelligence and panache." --Robert Pinsky

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