Veblen and Modern America

Veblen and Modern America : Revolutionary Iconoclast

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Thorstein Veblen is a key figure in early twentieth-century American intellectual history. Variously described as a 'revolutionary iconoclast', 'the father of technocracy' and 'the best critic of America that America has produced', his work is frequently compared with that of Marx, Durkheim and Weber for its breadth and insight.

This study sets Veblen's work in its social and intellectual context, delineating its main concepts and tensions, and re-establishing the extent of his influence. In the process, Spindler evaluates the usefulness and the limitations of Veblen's views for an understanding of American culture by considering Veblen not just as an economist or a sociologist, as has been the case up to now, but as a seminal analyst and critic of modern American culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 134.1 x 219.5 x 11.9mm | 294.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745309593
  • 9780745309590

Table of contents


1. Veblen In His Time

2. The Early Work

3. The Later Work

4. Veblen's Reception

5. Veblen And Consumerism

6. Veblen And Modern American Fiction




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'A timely reminder of the timelessness and continuing readability of Veblen's thought, this work of serious scholarship deserves to be widely read as an introduction to reading Veblen's original texts' -- The journal of the social credit secretariat.
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About Michael Spindler

Michael Spindler is a writer of poetry, short fiction and novels. He formerly worked as an academic, based at the Department of American Literature and Creative Writing at De Montfort University. He is the author of Veblen and Modern America (Pluto, 2002), American Literature and Social Change: William Dean Howells to Arthur Miller (Palgrave, 1984), and numerous articles and essays on aspects of American Studies.
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