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The theory of the leisure class

Author: Thorstein Veblen
Publisher: New York, NY : Cosimo Classics, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: In his first and best-known book, Veblen defines the social attitudes and values that condone the misuse of wealth and observes the variety of ways in which the resources of modern society are wasted. Chief among these is the practice of conspicuous consumption, a pattern of behavior that more than survives to the present day. With exquisite irony, Veblen discusses the hollowness of our canons of taste and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thorstein Veblen
ISBN: 9781602061804 1602061807
OCLC Number: 226390197
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: New York : Macmillan Co., 1899.
Description: viii, 244 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introductory --
Pecuniary emulation --
Conspicuous leisure --
Conspicuous consumption --
Pecuniary standard of living --
Pecuniary canons of taste --
Dress as an expression of the pecuniary culture --
Industrial exemption and conservatism --
Conservation of archaic traits --
Modern survivals of prowess --
Belief in luck --
Devout observances --
Survivals of the non-invidious interest --
Higher learning as an expression of the pecuniary culture.
Responsibility: Thorstein Veblen.

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Overview: In his first and best-known book, Veblen defines the social attitudes and values that condone the misuse of wealth and observes the variety of ways in which the resources of modern society are wasted. Chief among these is the practice of conspicuous consumption, a pattern of behavior that more than survives to the present day. With exquisite irony, Veblen discusses the hollowness of our canons of taste and culture and considers the emptiness of those habits of life and thought that many of us like to regard as our strengths.

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