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Juliet Schor, October 6, 2010

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Juliet Schor is a professor of Sociology at Boston College. Her research over the last ten years has focussed on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues and economic justice. In Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (2010), Schor discusses the economic and sociological factors behind ecological decline and how by developing new sources of wealth, green technologies, and different lifestyles, individuals and the country as a whole can be better off and more economically secure for years to come.

In this interview, she talks about her early intellectual formation, her growing dissatisfaction with conventional economics, and her decision to write for a general audience (as well as an academic audience).  She also talks about connections between activism and the academy. Schor also gave a guest lecture in the 2010 course “Oil and Water: The Gulf Spill of 2010“.

Schor is a board member and co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to transforming North American lifestyles to make them more ecologically and socially sustainable. She also teaches periodically at Schumacher College, an International Center for Ecological Studies based in south-west England. Schor is also the author of is also author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer CultureThe Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, andThe Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer. She has co-edited The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar ExperienceThe Consumer Society Reader, and Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century.

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