The Theory of the Leisure Class / Edition 1

The Theory of the Leisure Class / Edition 1

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by Thorstein B. Veblen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573922196

ISBN-13: 9781573922197

Pub. Date: 06/28/1998

Publisher: Prometheus Books

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573922197
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Great Minds Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.89(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