Thorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure Class

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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 ...
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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.
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Social Science Quarterly - John Walton
For an understanding of Veblen pivotal importance attaches to Diggins's ... observation that 'Veblen was perhaps the only American social scientist of the nineteenth century who was intellectually prepared to challenge the economic theories of Karl Marx on their own terms.'
Social Science Quarterly - Warren J. Samuels
John Diggins ... is exceedingly perceptive in focusing on the role attributed by Veblen to status emulation in the legitimation and reinforcement of power and the hegemony of established institutions and systems.
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"For an understanding of Veblen pivotal importance attaches to Diggins's ... observation that 'Veblen was perhaps the only American social scientist of the nineteenth century who was intellectually prepared to challenge the economic theories of Karl Marx on their own terms.'"—John Walton, Social Science Quarterly

"John Diggins ... is exceedingly perceptive in focusing on the role attributed by Veblen to status emulation in the legitimation and reinforcement of power and the hegemony of established institutions and systems."—Warren J. Samuels, Social Science Quarterly

Social Science Quarterly
John Diggins ... is exceedingly perceptive in focusing on the role attributed by Veblen to status emulation in the legitimation and reinforcement of power and the hegemony of established institutions and systems.
— Warren J. Samuels
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691006550
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/1999
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Social Theory and the Anthropological Imperative
Introduction to the Paperback Edition
List of Abbreviations
Pt. 1 The Milieu and the Man 1
Ch. 1 Veblen's America 3
Ch. 2 Enter Veblen: "Disturber of the Intellectual Peace" 14
Ch. 3 The Social Scientist as "Stranger" 31
Pt. 2 Theory and History 41
Ch. 4 Economics and the Dilemma of Value Theory 43
Ch. 5 Marx, Veblen, and the "Riddle" of Alienation 59
Ch. 6 Reification, Animism, Emulation: The Cultural Hegemony of Capitalism 83
Ch. 7 Veblen, Weber, and the "Spirit of Capitalism" 111
Pt. 3 Inside the Whale 137
Ch. 8 The Barbarian Status of Women 139
Ch. 9 The Tribes of Academe 167
Ch. 10 America and the World 184
Ch. 11 Disciples and Dissenters: Veblen's Legacy in American Thought and Social Action 208
Ch. 12 Conclusion: Whither Capitalism? 225
Notes 231
Index 253
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