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The overspent American

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Alternate title:Why we want what we don't need
Summary:The film discusses the cultural forces that cause Americans to work longer hours and spend more than they can afford in order to participate in a consumption competition with others.
Description:Contents: The cycle of work and spend -- Stretching reference groups -- The visible lifestyle -- The costs of overspending -- Getting off the consumer escalator.
Creator:Jhally, Sut
Alper, Loretta
Garner, Kelly
Contributor:Schor, Juliet
Provider:Media Education Foundation
Century:2001-2100
Place of origin – Continent:North America
Place of origin – Country:United States
Place of origin – Region:Massachusetts
Place of origin – Settlement:Northampton
Topical subjects:Consumer behavior -- United States
Consumption (Economics) -- United States
Credit -- United States
Debt -- United States
Americans -- Finance, Personal
Lifestyles -- United States
Saving and investment -- United States
Values -- United States
Genre:Documentary films
Repository:Nonprint Media Services
Browse terms:Economics, Business, Commerce, Labor
Films@UM Browse terms:Economics, Business, Commerce, Labor
American Culture, History
Collection:Films@UM
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