Thorstein Veblen

Thorstein Veblen was an American economist and sociologist, best known for his book 'The Theory of the Leisure Class' which introduced the concept of 'conspicuous consumption'. He was a leading intellectual of the Progressive Era and a critic of capitalism.


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  1. 1. The Theory of the Leisure Class

    This book is a socio-economic critique of American consumerism and the upper class, written in the late 19th century. The author argues that the wealthy engage in conspicuous consumption and leisure to display their wealth and maintain their social status. He introduces the concept of "pecuniary emulation," suggesting that the lower classes imitate the consumption patterns of those above them, leading to a wasteful and inefficient economy. The book is a seminal work in the field of economics, providing a satirical yet insightful look into the behavior of the affluent.

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