These writings reflect the renewed interest in the 1990s of scholars and the public in questioning the consumer society, an interest that the political crises engendered by 9/11 have overshadowed but not eliminated. In The Overspent American, Schor explains the emergence of strong doubts about high consumption by arguing that a “new consumerism” of escalating desires has evolved that is increasingly costly to the American high consumers themselves.
van der Linden, Harry, "Explaining, Assessing, and Changing High Consumption" (2003). Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS. Paper 21.