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Juliet Schor

sociology department

 

Juliet Schor

Professor

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

McGuinn Hall 531
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-4056
Email: juliet.schor@bc.edu

Curriculum Vitae*

Short Biography*

Personal website



Scholarly Interests

Consumer society and consumer culture, working hours and lifestyles, environmental degradation, the emergence of a sustainable consumption and production sector, including political consumption and the new sharing economy, and alternative, sustainable economies and societies. Schor is the founder and organizer of the Summer Institute in New Economics, a week-long workshop for Ph.D. students.

Academic Profile

Juliet Schor’s research has focused on issues of work, consumption and sustainability. Her “work and spend” cycle is an integrated approach to production and consumption that emphasizes the sociological dynamics that determine spending. Most recently she is working on issues of sustainable consumption and production, with particular emphasis on political consumption, new patterns of time-use, alternative economic structures, and climate change. As a member of a MacArthur Research Network she is studying the emergence of the sharing economy. She is also a lead author of the chapter on Consumption and Climate Change for the ASA Task Force on Climate Change.

Courses Typically Taught

SOCY1025 - People and Nature
SOCY7771 - Consumer Society
SOCY7763- Topics in Environmental Sociology

Recent Awards and professional accomplishments

Radcliffe Institute Fellow, 2014-15
ASA Public Understanding of Sociology Award, 2014
MacArthur Foundation grantee and research network member
Carpenter Award, Economics Division, Babson College, February 2013
Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics, 2011
Leontief Award from Tufts University, 2006
Senior Fellow, Center for Humans and Nature, 2011

Recent Publications

Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy. 2014. eds Juliet B. Schor and Craig J. Thompson (New Haven: Yale University Press).

True Wealth: how and why millions of Americans are creating a time-rich, ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy (paperback version of Plenitude) (Penguin 2011). Video version entitled The New Economics 101: True Wealth in the New Economy, Media Education Foundation. 2013.

“Climate Discourse and Economic Downturns: The case of the United States, 2008-2013,” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, forthcoming 2014.

“An emerging eco-habitus: the reconfiguration of high cultural capital practices among ethical consumers,” Journal of Consumer Culture, July 2014. (with Luka Carfagna, Emilie Dubois, Connor Fitzmaurice, Thomas Laidley, Monique Ouimette, and Margaret Willis)

“Could Working Less Reduce Pressures on the Environment?: A Cross-National Panel Analysis of OECD Countries, 1970-2007, Global Environmental Change, 2013. (with Kyle W. Knight and Eugene A. Rosa)

Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (New York: Scribner), September 2004.

“Does Changing a Light Bulb Lead to Changing the World? Civic Engagement and the Ecologically Conscious Consumer,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2013 (with Margaret Willis).

 

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