The Situationist

Juliet Schor on the Situation of Consumption

Posted by The Situationist Staff on February 3, 2009

Boston College sociologist (and economist) Juliet Schor is one of the confirmed presenters at the Third Annual Project on Law and Mind Sciences Conference (titled “The Free-Market Mindset:  History, Psychology, and Consequences” and scheduled for March 7, 2009).

Schor’s recent work — as summarized on her website and as illustrated by her brilliant book, Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture — focuses “on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues and economic justice.”

Here are two Youtube videos in which Professor Schor summarizes some of her research and writing.  In this first video (roughly 30 minutes), Schor discusses her book, Born to Buy.

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In the video below (roughly 3 minutes), Schor disccuses some of the forces detailed in two of her previous books, The Overworked American and The Overspent American.

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To learn more about this year’s Project on Law and Mind Sciences Conference at Harvard Law School, click here.

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