Thorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure Class / Edition 1 by John Patrick Diggins | 9780691006543 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Thorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure Class / Edition 1

Thorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure Class / Edition 1

by John Patrick Diggins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691006547

ISBN-13: 9780691006543

Pub. Date: 05/21/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Fired by Stanford and the University of Chicago but recommended by his peers to the presidency of the American Economic Association, Thorstein Veblen remains a baffling figure in American intellectual history. In part because he was an eccentric who shunned publicity, he has also been one of our most neglected. Veblen is known to the general public only as coiner

Overview

Fired by Stanford and the University of Chicago but recommended by his peers to the presidency of the American Economic Association, Thorstein Veblen remains a baffling figure in American intellectual history. In part because he was an eccentric who shunned publicity, he has also been one of our most neglected. Veblen is known to the general public only as coiner of the term "conspicuous consumption," and to scholars primarily as one of many social critics of the reform-minded Progressive Era. This important critical biography—originally published as The Bard of Savagery and now appearing in paperback for the first time—attempts both to unravel the riddles that surround his reputation and to assess his varied and important contributions to modern social theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691006543
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/21/1999
Edition description:
With a New introduction by the author
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface: Social Theory and the Anthropological Imperative
Introduction to the Paperback Edition
List of Abbreviations
Pt. 1The Milieu and the Man1
Ch. 1Veblen's America3
Ch. 2Enter Veblen: "Disturber of the Intellectual Peace"14
Ch. 3The Social Scientist as "Stranger"31
Pt. 2Theory and History41
Ch. 4Economics and the Dilemma of Value Theory43
Ch. 5Marx, Veblen, and the "Riddle" of Alienation59
Ch. 6Reification, Animism, Emulation: The Cultural Hegemony of Capitalism83
Ch. 7Veblen, Weber, and the "Spirit of Capitalism"111
Pt. 3Inside the Whale137
Ch. 8The Barbarian Status of Women139
Ch. 9The Tribes of Academe167
Ch. 10America and the World184
Ch. 11Disciples and Dissenters: Veblen's Legacy in American Thought and Social Action208
Ch. 12Conclusion: Whither Capitalism?225
Notes231
Index253

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