We have become a nation that places a lower priority on teaching its children how to thrive socially, intellectually, even spiritually, than it does on training them to consume. The long term consequences of this development are ominous.
-Juliet B. Schor, Born to Buy
P.1220 - §3 (111:4.4) Any civilization is in jeopardy when
three quarters of its youth enter materialistic professions and
devote themselves to the pursuit of the sensory activities of
the outer world. Civilization is in danger when youth neglect to
interest themselves in ethics, sociology, eugenics, philosophy,
the fine arts, religion, and cosmology.
Juliet Schor is a Professor of sociology at Boston
College. She studies trends in working time and leisure, consumerism,
the relationship between work and family, women's issues and economic
justice. She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University
and her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17
years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in
Women's Studies. In 2006 she was awarded the Leontief Prize by the
Global Development and Environment Institute. In the interview with
Peter Shea (link below) 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. She has two children who currently reside in
Newton with her, Krishna and Sulakshana.
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