Conspicuous Consumption

Conspicuous Consumption

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The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmaker's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world With its wry portrayal of a shallow, materialistic 'leisure class' obsessed by clothes, cars, consumer goods and climbing the social ladder, this withering satire on modern capitalism is as pertinent today as it was when it was written over a century ago.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 109.2 x 175.3 x 10.2mm | 68.04g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0143037595
  • 9780143037590
  • 796,479

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About Thorstein Veblen

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was an American economist and sociologist. He was educated at Carleton College, Johns Hopkins University, and Yale University. His most famous work, The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), is a satiric look at American society. Veblen coined the widely used phrases "conspicuous consumption" and "pecuniary emulation."
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Table of contents

Conspicuous Consumption
The Leisure Class
Conspicuous Leisure: Status and Servants
Conspicuous Consumption: Women, Luxury Goods and Connoisseurship
Canons of Taste: Greenery and Pets
Admission to the Leisure Class
Survivals of Primitive Male Prowess: Fighting and Sports
Conspicuous Uselessness of Education
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