Selected Publications


“Morality and Critique in Consumer Studies,” Journal of Consumer Culture, 2010 forthcoming.

“Mental Health and Children’s Consumer Culture,” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(5):486-490, May 2008.

In Defense of Consumer Critique: Re-visiting the Consumption Debates of the 20th Century,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 611:16-30, May 2007.

“From Tastes Great to Cool: Children’s Food Marketing and the Rise of the Symbolic,” Journal of Medicine, Law and Ethics, 35(1):10-21, Spring 2007. (with Margaret Ford).

Tackling Turbo Consumption: An Interview,” Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 34:45-55, Autumn 2006.

Prices and Quantities: Unsustainable Consumption and the Global Economy,” Ecological Economics, 55(3), November 2005.

“Sustainable Consumption and Worktime Reduction,” Journal of Industrial Ecology, Special Issue on Sustainable Consumption, 9(1):37-50, 2005.

An Interview with Juliet Schor” (by Douglas Holt), Journal of Consumer Culture, 5(1):5-21, 2005.

“The Triple Imperative: Global Ecology, Poverty and Worktime Reduction,” Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 45:2-17, 2001.

“The New Politics of Consumption,” Boston Review 24(3-4):4-9, Summer 1999.

“Empirical Tests of Status Consumption: Evidence from Women’s Cosmetics,” Journal of Economic Psychology, 19(1):107-131, 1998, (with Angela Chao).

“What’s Wrong with Consumer Capitalism: The Joyless Economy after Twenty Years,” Critical Review, 10(4);495-508, Fall 1996.

“Assessing the Time Squeeze Hypothesis: Estimates of Market and Non-market Hours in the United States, 1969-1989,” Industrial Relations, 33(1):25-43, 1994, (with Laura Leete-Guy).

“Global Inequality and Environmental Crisis: An Argument for Reducing Working Hours in the North,” World Development, 19(1)73-84. January 1991.

“Employment Rents and the Incidence of Strikes,” Review of Economics and Statistics, LXIX(4):584-592, November 1987 (with Samuel Bowles).

“Changes in the Cyclical Pattern of Real Wages: Evidence from Nine Countries, 1955-1980,” Economic Journal, 95:452-468, June 1985.


“Academic as Social Entrepreneur: creating organizations for social change,” in Sociologists in Action, Michelle White and Kathleen Korgen (Los Angeles: Sage), forthcoming 2010.

“Healthy Schedules for All,” in  “STATE OF THE WORLD 2010 Transforming Cultures: From Consumerism to Sustainability” World Watch Institute, (W.W. Norton), 2010.

“Childhood as Profit-Center: marketing and the construction of consumer kids,” in The Insecure American, Catherine Besteman and Hugh Gusterson, eds., (University of California Press), 2009.

“A Sociologist Dreams of a New America,” Contexts, 7(2):12-13, Spring 2008.

“Overturning the Modernist Predictions: Recent Trends in Work and Leisure,” Handbook of Leisure Studies, eds., Chris Rojek, Susan Shaw and Tony Veal, (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) 2007.

“Interview with Juliet Schor,” in Global Values 101: A Short Course in Progressive Ideas for the 21st Century,  editors Brian Palmer, Kate Holbrook, Ann Kim and Anna Portnoy (Boston: Beacon Press), 2006.
“The (even more) Overworked American,” in John de Graff, editor, Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler:) 2003.

“Cleaning the Closet: Toward a New Ethic of Fashion,” in Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century (Boston: Beacon Press) November 2002.

“Can the North Stop Consumption Growth?: Escaping the Cycle of Work and Spend” in V. Bhaskar and Andrew Glyn, The North, the South and the Environment, (London: Earthscan), 1995.

“The Great American Time Squeeze,” Economic Policy Institute, February 1992, (with Laura Leete-Guy).

“Structural Determinants and Economic Effects of Capital Controls in the OECD,” in Financial Openness and National Policy Autonomy, eds., Banuri and Schor, 1992, (with Gerald A. Epstein).

“Corporate Profitability as a Determinant of Restrictive Monetary Policy: Estimates for the Postwar United States” in The Political Economy of American Monetary Policy, ed., Thomas Mayer (Cambridge University Press), 1990 (with Gerald A. Epstein).

“Macroeconomic Policy in the Rise and Fall of the Golden Age,” in The Golden Age of
Capitalism, eds., Marglin and Schor, 1990, (with Gerald A. Epstein).


“Tino Sehgal and Political Economy,” contribution to Guggenheim OnLine Forum entitled Beyond Material Worth, February 2010.

“Global Growth, American Thrift,” Room for Debate Blog, New York Times online, September 24, 2009.

“Eat Less Meat,” Room for Debate Blog, New York Times online, February 25, 2009.

“Holiday Shopping—Just Don’t,” Los Angeles Times, November 28, 2008.

“ “The Era of Cheap Goods is Over,” Boston Globe, Sunday, April 28, 2008 (with Prasannan Parthasarathi).

“A Cleaner, Greener Christmas,” Boston Globe, Sunday, December 10, 2006.

“Junk Food Nation,” The Nation, August 2005, pp. 15-17. (with Gary Ruskin).

“Those Ads Are Enough to Make Your Kids Sick” Washington Post Outlook, B04, September 12, 2004.

“All Work and No Play: It Doesn’t Pay,” New York Times, Business Section, August 29, 1993.

“Americans Work Too Hard,” New York Times, op-ed, July 25, 1991.

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5 Responses to “Selected Publications”

  1. Hi Juliet,

    Trying to locate an article you wrote for Z Magazine, I believe, some years ago on “Why I am Not a Progressive” ….

    Can you send me a URL, please.


    Mitchel Cohen

  2. Hi, the title of second entry in the list “journey articles” is incorrect. It should be “Understanding the Child Consumer”, at least according to the journal TOC:
    Regards, Carsten
    BTW, I find it quite a pity that you make none of your articles available on your website. It would make your research much better accessible. You have the right to do so, if not with the final version of the article, then with a prior version.

  3. Juliet Schor says:

    Thanks Carsten. I’ve been meaning to put up more of my articles, I just haven’t had time to update the website lately.
    Ordinarily I send them to anyone who is interested. If you are, please let me know. Juliet

  4. Hi Juliet,
    thank you for the kind offer! I became aware of your work through the podcat “unwelcomeguests” ( In that podcast, there is excerpt of a speech of yours in which you state that “the more a kid is involved in consumer culture, the more likely that child is to be depressed.” I would be very grateful if you could send me one of your publications in which you go into more detail about that claim.

    This is one of these facts where it takes time to fully comprehend the meaning. Your research shows that the Western lifestyle actually makes our children ill. Where it a drug, it would be prohibited.

  5. Maxine says:

    Thank you for sharing your selected publications. I am currently interested in the consequences of a consumer culture and will no doubt gain valuable insight from your writings and research.

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