The Theory of the Leisure Class

The Theory of the Leisure Class

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by Thorstein Veblen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1404335218

ISBN-13: 9781404335219

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: IndyPublish.com

In his first and best-known book, Veblen defines the social attitudes and values that condone the misuse of wealth and observes the variety of ways in which the resources of modern society are wasted. Chief among these is the practice of conspicuous consumption, a pattern of behavior that more than survives to the present day. With exquisite irony, Veblen discusses

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In his first and best-known book, Veblen defines the social attitudes and values that condone the misuse of wealth and observes the variety of ways in which the resources of modern society are wasted. Chief among these is the practice of conspicuous consumption, a pattern of behavior that more than survives to the present day. With exquisite irony, Veblen discusses the hollowness of our canons of taste and culture and considers the emptiness of those habits of life and thought that many of us like to regard as our strengths.

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ISBN-13:
9781404335219
Publisher:
IndyPublish.com
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionv
Prefacexiii
Chapter IIntroductory1
Chapter IIPecuniary Emulation22
Chapter IIIConspicuous Leisure35
Chapter IVConspicuous Consumption68
Chapter VThe Pecuniary Standard of Living102
Chapter VIPecuniary Canons of Taste115
Chapter VIIDress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture167
Chapter VIIIIndustrial Exemption and Conservatism188
Chapter IXThe Conservation of Archaic Traits212
Chapter XModern Survivals of Prowess246
Chapter XIThe Belief in Luck276
Chapter XIIDevout Observances293
Chapter XIIISurvivals of the Non-Invidious Interest332
Chapter XIVThe Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecunlary Culture363

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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.
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