Thorstein Veblen 1899
Did you know that in different periods in our history there have been groups of people
exempt from work?
For whom work was considered “indecent”?
Veblen’s account of the Leisure Class looks at such a group –the 19th century leisure
class- who spent great amounts of wealth maintaining and showing off their leisure
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The leisure class
Conspicuous consumption The Theory of the Leisure Class (also known as the Theory of Conspicuous
Veblen believed that individuals and social groups are driven to attain social
there are biological and physical pressures to consume, and that it is important to “show”
what we consume
Social status referes to ones social position(occupation) and amount of respect and
prestige bestowed on that position by others
We measure social status in germs of respect and