|Chapter II||Pecuniary Emulation||22|
|Chapter III||Conspicuous Leisure||35|
|Chapter IV||Conspicuous Consumption||68|
|Chapter V||The Pecuniary Standard of Living||102|
|Chapter VI||Pecuniary Canons of Taste||115|
|Chapter VII||Dress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture||167|
|Chapter VIII||Industrial Exemption and Conservatism||188|
|Chapter IX||The Conservation of Archaic Traits||212|
|Chapter X||Modern Survivals of Prowess||246|
|Chapter XI||The Belief in Luck||276|
|Chapter XII||Devout Observances||293|
|Chapter XIII||Survivals of the Non-Invidious Interest||332|
|Chapter XIV||The Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecunlary Culture||363|
The Theory Of The Leisure Classby Thorstein Veblen
Pub. Date: 04/01/2007
Thorstein Veblen was once described by Fortune magazine as "America's most brilliant and influential critic of modern business and the values of a business civilization," and his wisdom and often dryly satiric wit continues to be obvious today. In The Theory of the Leisure Class, first published in 1899, he coined the phrase "conspicuous consumption" as a critique of the rampant and ostentatious consumerism of his day.
Readers a century on will see that the world in which we live today has little changed. In this classic of economic theory, Veblen blasts the superficiality and wastefulness of conspicuous consumption, but also delves into an incisive exploration of the social functions of consumption and how the concepts of property and class work in tandem.
Anyone seeking to understand the foundations of modern economic civilization will be enlightened-and entertained-by this work.
American economist and sociologist THORSTEIN BUNDE VEBLEN (1857-1929) was educated at Carleton College, Johns Hopkins University and Yale University. Among his most famous works are The Theory of Business Enterprise (1904) and Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution (1915).
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Although the sample is 52 pages long, it's doesn't get even to the end of the introduction. It doesn't include any of Veblen's text, which is supposed to be quite difficult.