Thorstein Veblen and the Persistence of Capitalism: Work, Consumption, Patriotism and Social Integration

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This study presents an account of Thorstein Veblen's (1857-1929) life and work, with reference to an Anglo-European perspective. Chapters focus on topics like marginality, ethnicity, evolutionism, the culture of the leisure class, predatory institutions, and workmanship institutions. Edgell (sociology, University of Salford) seeks to balance the attention paid to Veblen's ideas and influence with the details of his biography, with consideration to the relation between the man's life and his intellectual achievements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563241178
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Series: Studies in Institutional Economics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Times, Life, and Works of Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) 3
2 The Mistaken Marginality of the "Man from Mars" 30
3 Beyond the Myth of Marginality: Ethnicity and Evolutionism 57
4 Evolutionary Change: Back to the Future? 76
5 The Conspicuous Conservation of Leisure Class Culture 101
6 The Problem: Predatory Institutions 117
7 The Solution: Workmanship Institutions 137
8 Conclusions 160
References 169
Index 185
About the Author 209
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