The Theory of the Leisure Class

ebook An Economic Study of American Institutions and a Social Critique of Conspicuous Consumption

By Thorstein Veblen

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Thorstein Veblen's 'The Theory of the Leisure Class' is a seminal work that critiques the social norms and practices of the upper class in the late 19th century America. Veblen's sharp and satirical writing style sheds light on the concept of 'conspicuous consumption' and 'pecuniary emulation' that govern the lifestyle of the leisure class. Through a blend of economics, sociology, and anthropology, Veblen dissects the role of wealth and leisure in shaping societal hierarchies, making a compelling argument for the need to reassess our values and priorities. The book stands out for its incisive analysis and biting wit, making it a classic in the realm of social criticism. Thorstein Veblen, a renowned economist and sociologist, drew inspiration from his observations of the lavish lifestyles of the American elite to create this groundbreaking work. His background in academia and keen insight into human behavior provide a solid foundation for his critiques of consumerism and social stratification. 'The Theory of the Leisure Class' is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of wealth, status, and power in society.
The Theory of the Leisure Class