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  • The Theory of the Leisure Classby Thorstein Veblen

    The Floating Press 2009; US$ 5.21

    Considered the first in-depth critique of consumerism, economist Thorstein Veblen's 1899 book The Theory of the Leisure Class has come to be regarded as one of the great works of economic theory. Using contemporary and anthropological accounts, Veblen held that our economic and social norms are driven by traces of our early tribal life, rather... more...

  • Conspicuous Consumptionby Thorstein Veblen

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 7.04

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals... more...

  • The Theory of the Leisure Classby Thorstein Veblen

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 0.99

    Classic of economic and social theory offers satiric examination of the hollowness and falsity suggested by the term "conspicuous consumption," exposing the emptiness of many standards of taste, education, dress, and culture. more...

  • The Theory of the Leisure Classby Thorstein Veblen

    Open Road Media 2016; US$ 0.99

    This scathing critique of America’s preoccupation with wealth and status in the Gilded Age continues to resonate more than a century after it was first published   According to economist Thorstein Veblen, the leisure class produces nothing, contributes nothing, and creates nothing, yet exercises a peculiar control over American society. The shallowness... more...

  • Theory of the Leisure Classby Thorstein Veblen

    Start Publishing LLC 2013; US$ 1.99

    The Theory of the Leisure Class is one of the great works of economics as well as the first detailed critique of consumerism. Veblen argues that economic life is driven not by notions of utility, but by social vestiges from pre-historic times. Drawing examples from his time (turn-of-the-century America) and anthropology, he held that much of today's... more...

  • Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of Its Perpetuationby Thorstein Veblen

    Start Classics 2013; US$ 1.99

    One of the great thinkers of the early 20th century, American economist and sociologist THORSTEIN BUNDE VEBLEN (1857-1929) is best remembered for coining the phrase "conspicuous consumption." In the waning days of World War I, he turned his expertise on a pressing issue of the day: how to create a lasting, healthy peace, and how industry might contribute... more...

  • Absentee Ownershipby Thorstein Veblen

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    Absentee Ownership is an inquiry into the economic situation as it has taken shape in the twentieth century, particularly as exemplified in the case of America. According to Thorstein Veblen, absentee ownership is the main and immediate controlling interest in the life of civilized men. It is the paramount issue between the civilized nations, and guides... more...

  • The Place of Science in Modern Civilizationby Thorstein Veblen

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    On its original publication in 1919, The Place of Science in Modern Civilization was recognized as a major contribution, and today Veblen continues to command attention and respect. This volume includes some of his most seminal work, essays that have critical, almost devastating implications for capitalist society and mainstream economic theory... more...

  • The Theory of the Leisure Classby Thorstein Veblen

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    In The Theory of the Leisure Class, his first and best-known work, Thorstein Veblen challenges some of society's most cherished standards of behavior and, with devastating wit and satire, exposes the hollowness of many of our canons of taste, education, dress, and culture. Veblen uses the leisure class as his example because it is this class that... more...

  • The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Artsby Thorstein Veblen

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts , originally issued in 1914, is described by Murray Murphey as his "most important work." In this volume that the theoretical foundations are put forth on full display. Veblen's juxtaposition of the instinctive values of community welfare in contrast to the pecuniary values of commercial... more...