Juliet Schor

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Juliet Schor (born 1955) is Professor of sociology at Boston College.[1] She has studied trends in working time, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and Economic inequality.[2]

Academic career[edit]

She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies.[citation needed]

In 1977, Schor was one of several founders of South End Press.[2] Additionally, in 1979 she was a founding member of the Center for Popular Economics.[3]

In 2006 she was awarded the Leontief Prize by the Global Development and Environment Institute.[citation needed]

Currently, Schor is Professor of sociology at Boston College and on the advisory board of the Center for a New American Dream.[1][4]

Personal life[edit]

She has two children who currently reside in Newton with her, Krishna and Sulakshana. Her husband, Prasannan Parthasarathi is also a professor at Boston College.[citation needed]


In an interview with Peter Shea she talks about her early intellectual formation, her critique of conventional economics, and her decision to write for an audience that includes the general public as well as her colleagues in the academy.[2]


In 1992, Schor's book The Overworked American was a bestseller.[5]


  • The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, Basic Books (1992)[5]
  • The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need, (1999)
  • Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century, (1999)[6]
  • Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture, (2005)
  • Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, Penguin Press (2010)[2]

As co-editor or co-author:

  • The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience, (1992)
  • Do Americans Shop too Much?, (2000)
  • The Consumer Society Reader, (2000)
  • Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century, (2003)


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