Theory of the Leisure Class
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In his landmark work of economic theory, the 1899 Theory of the Leisure Class, Thorsten Veblen offered his ideas on how modern society could trace its origins in the dawn of humanity. Veblen looked beyond the complexities of life in his own modern day in order to map ancient human customs, needs, and drives onto what he saw in his peers. Veblen was fascinated by what he called the "leisure class," the well-to-do class of people whose wealth allowed them to live as though every day were a holiday. His work posed an eye-opening question: does the leisure-class have a purpose or a role in human life and culture? Though startling even to this day, Veblen's unconventional approach offers incredible insight into human behavior across the ages.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
The institution of a leisure class is found in its best development at the higher stages of the barbarian culture; as, for instance, in feudal Europe or feudal Japan. In such communities the distinction between classes is very rigorously observed; and the feature of most striking economic ...Back to top
Reviewed by steeezysea on Apr 13, 2010
Very interesting in the way he depicts the eakedwhined
Overall, I'd say that Veblen's work is important in opening our eyes to the deceptive nature of the eakedwhined. He very carefully analyzes the external, conservative forces that keep the populace down and the eakedwhined up. Overall a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in leisure studies
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