The Theory of the Leisure Class

The Theory of the Leisure Class

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by Thorsten Veblen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0451617398

ISBN-13: 9780451617392

Pub. Date: 09/01/1953

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

Almost a century after its original publication, Thorstein Veblen's work is as fresh and relevant as ever. Veblen's The Theory of the Leisure Class is in the tradition of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan, yet it provides a surprisingly contemporary look at American economics and society. Establishing such terms as "conspicuous…  See more details below

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Almost a century after its original publication, Thorstein Veblen's work is as fresh and relevant as ever. Veblen's The Theory of the Leisure Class is in the tradition of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations and Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan, yet it provides a surprisingly contemporary look at American economics and society. Establishing such terms as "conspicuous consumption" and "pecuniary emulation," Veblen's most famous work has become an archetype not only of economic theory, but of historical and sociological thought as well. As sociologist Alan Wolfe writes in his Introduction, Veblen "skillfully ... wrote a book that will be read so long as the rich are different from the rest of us - which, if the future is anything like the past, they always will be."

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ISBN-13:
9780451617392
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1953
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Biographical Note
Introduction
IIntroductory3
IIPecuniary Emulation18
IIIConspicuous Leisure28
IVConspicuous Consumption52
VThe Pecuniary Standard of Living76
VIPecuniary Canons of Taste85
VIIDress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture123
VIIIIndustrial Exemption and Conservatism138
IXThe Conservation of Archaic Traits155
XModern Survivals of Prowess179
XIThe Belief in Luck201
XIIDevout Observances214
XIIISurvivals of the Non-Invidious Interest243
XIVThe Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture265
Notes293
Reading Group Guide297

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The Theory of the Leisure Class 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I probably understood fifty percent of the entire book. It's written in a style that is, I think, ment to confuse and challenge the reader. There were sentenses that were almost half a page long. Veblen's theories and ideas were very intriguing. His observations, analysis, and intrepertations were absolutely brilliant. So much implication in a man with functioning legs, walking with a cane!...Only Veblen with a wit of a stand up comedian could bring such facts to our attention. This book was listed under economics which I saw very little reference to economy. The book would best be categorized as a phylosophy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago