The Theory of the Leisure Class (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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In this classic work, Veblen sets forth his theory that the economic life of modern society is rooted in the division of labor dating back to tribal times. That is, that the ruling or leisure class reserved what they considered the most important tasks—such as warring and hunting—for themselves, while dictating tasks such as farming or cooking to the lower echelons. In the book, Veblen famously coined the term “conspicuous consumption.” Still relevant today, The Theory of the Leisure Class remains a ...

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The Theory of the Leisure Class (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview


In this classic work, Veblen sets forth his theory that the economic life of modern society is rooted in the division of labor dating back to tribal times. That is, that the ruling or leisure class reserved what they considered the most important tasks—such as warring and hunting—for themselves, while dictating tasks such as farming or cooking to the lower echelons. In the book, Veblen famously coined the term “conspicuous consumption.” Still relevant today, The Theory of the Leisure Class remains a landmark work in the fields of economics and sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411464698
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 418
  • Sales rank: 341,277
  • File size: 344 KB

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Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was an American economist whose criticisms of  the nation's capitalism and businesses combined Darwinian evolutionary theory with broad sociological principles.  The result, known as institutional economics, was extremely influential at the time of the Great Depression. He wrote such classic critiques of capitalism as The Theory of the Leisure Class and The Theory of Business Enterprise.

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