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Thorstein Veblen and the American Way of Life


Manufacturer: Black Rose Books

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"Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) was an unrelenting critic of the American way of life. In his first and best-known work, The Theory of the Leisure Class, Veblen defined the social attitudes and values that condoned the misuse of wealth and the variety of ways in which the resources of modern society were wasted. Though most famous for the term 'conspicuous consumption'—a pattern of consumerism that more than survives to the present day—he also attacked other American institutions and traditions, but his ideas on society were often dismissed because of his reputation as an eccentric. [...] By setting Veblen's work in its social and intellectual context, and by considering Veblen not just as an economist or sociologist—as has been the case up to now—Patsouras also examines Veblen's politics, in particular the early manifestations of American socialism and anarchism, as well as his support of labor unions. Veblen's views are then compared and contrasted with other well-known historical and contemporary thinkers."

Louis Patsouras. Black Rose Books, 2004.

Product Code: 9781551642284

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