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The Theory Of The Leisure Class
     

The Theory Of The Leisure Class

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by Thorstein Veblen
 

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ISBN-10: 1602061793

ISBN-13: 9781602061798

Pub. Date: 04/01/2007

Publisher: Cosimo

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

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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602061798
Publisher:
Cosimo
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
728,708
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionv
Prefacexiii
Chapter IIntroductory1
Chapter IIPecuniary Emulation22
Chapter IIIConspicuous Leisure35
Chapter IVConspicuous Consumption68
Chapter VThe Pecuniary Standard of Living102
Chapter VIPecuniary Canons of Taste115
Chapter VIIDress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture167
Chapter VIIIIndustrial Exemption and Conservatism188
Chapter IXThe Conservation of Archaic Traits212
Chapter XModern Survivals of Prowess246
Chapter XIThe Belief in Luck276
Chapter XIIDevout Observances293
Chapter XIIISurvivals of the Non-Invidious Interest332
Chapter XIVThe Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecunlary Culture363

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.