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The Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen

In The Theory of the Leisure Class, his first and best-known work, Thorstein Veblen challenges some of society's most cherished standards of behavior and, with devastating wit and satire, exposes the hollowness of many of our canons of taste, education, dress, and culture.

Veblen uses the leisure class as his example because it is this class that sets the standards followed by every level of society. The sign of membership in the leisure class is exemption from industrial toil and the mark of success is lavish expenditure--"conspicuous consumption" is the famous term he invented to describe somethings that satisfies no real need but is a mark of prestige. The process Veblen describes continues today, albeit in a more circuitous form.The Theory of the Leisure Class is part of an ongoing effort to make available the collected works of Veblen to a present-day audience of students and scholars.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Jan 30th, 1991
  • Pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.60in - 0.80lb
  • EAN: 9781560005629
  • Categories: Economics - TheorySocial Classes & Economic DisparityGeneral

About the Author

Veblen, Thorstein: -

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was perhaps the most famous American economist and social critic of his time. He taught at the universities of Chicago and Missouri, Stanford University, and the New School for Social Research. His many books include The Theory of Business Enterprise, The Higher Learning in America, and The Theory of the Leisure Class, all available from Transaction.

Praise for this book

"In his first and most fascinating book, Veblen was mocking a process as old as civilization. He expressed his skepticism in a rough-hewn prose style which made him the most impressive American satirist of his day."

--Time

"Every brash, upcoming generation should discover Veblen, and most complacent adults need to rediscover him."

--The Minneapolis Tribune

"In his first and most fascinating book, Veblen was mocking a process as old as civilization. He expressed his skepticism in a rough-hewn prose style which made him the most impressive American satirist of his day."

--Time

"Every brash, upcoming generation should discover Veblen, and most complacent adults need to rediscover him."

--The Minneapolis Tribune

-In his first and most fascinating book, Veblen was mocking a process as old as civilization. He expressed his skepticism in a rough-hewn prose style which made him the most impressive American satirist of his day.-

--Time

-Every brash, upcoming generation should discover Veblen, and most complacent adults need to rediscover him.-

--The Minneapolis Tribune