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Conspicuous Consumption By Thorstein Veblen Conspicuous Consumption 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 outrag
  • Title: Conspicuous Consumption
  • Author: Thorstein Veblen
  • ISBN: 9780141023984
  • Page: 214
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  • Conspicuous Consumption By Thorstein Veblen 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 and visionaries whosThroughout 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 and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.With its wry portrayal of a shallow, materialistic leisure class obsessed by clothes, cars, consumer goods and climbing the social ladder, this withering satire on modern capitalism is as pertinent today as when it was written over a century ago.
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    1. Thorstein Veblen

      Thorstein born Torsten Bunde Veblen was a Norwegian American economist and sociologist He was famous as a witty critic of capitalism.Veblen is famous for the idea of conspicuous consumption Conspicuous consumption, along with conspicuous leisure , is performed to demonstrate wealth or mark social status Veblen explains the concept in his best known book, The Theory of the Leisure Class 1899 Within the history of economic thought, Veblen is considered the leader of the institutional economics movement Veblen s distinction between institutions and technology is still called the Veblenian dichotomy by contemporary economists.As a leading intellectual of the Progressive Era, Veblen attacked production for profit His emphasis on conspicuous consumption greatly influenced the socialist thinkers who sought a non Marxist critique of capitalism.

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    1. What a wretched little book I don t know much about the author, I know the book, Theory of the Leisure Class, is a famous sociology text, and that these parts all come from that whole What I don t know if there is something missing in these parts that in the full text, would say, I m joking of course about some of the things The basic idea of this selection is that there is an awful group of people who exploit others and these people use their leisure and wasteful consumption as a badge of honor [...]

    2. Funny as hell in a Swiftian spirit Do people write like this any Does this culture of culture critique persist I want to know about it I m stuck in 17th C stuff too much, so if theres someone who knows of contemporary writing of this kind, tell me.

    3. So much is explained in this wonderful, slim volume Why are Americans so hateful of gun control despite the annual carnage What is the dynamic engine underpinning our industrial strength consumption Why did Herod have John the Baptist beheaded Hint it wasn t just because of the sexy dancer There was a point in the reading when I found myself starting to hum the theme from 2001 A Space Odyssey Here it is Predation cannot become the habitual, conventional resource of any group or any class until i [...]

    4. Unintelligent use of wealth is why we still have children in Cambodia foraging for food from rubbish dumps Logically, the poverty problem should have been solved already, due to the circulation of money at the high end of societies, but the fact that it isn t indicates that the issue is in fact unsolvable Do I think there is anything wrong with buying nice material things if one has the money to do so No, not really It does seem rather strange to me though that certain people can shell out 100,0 [...]

    5. A treatise on economics and social critique of conspicuous consumption, as a function of social class and of consumerism, derived from the social stratification of people and the division of labour, beginning from feudal times to the modern era.The Leisure ClassConspicuous Leisure Status and ServantsConspicuous Consumption Women, Luxury Goods and ConnoisseurshipCanons of Taste Greenery and PetsAdmissions to the Leisure ClassSurvivals of Primitive Male Prowess Fighting and Sports Conspicuous Usel [...]

    6. Not the easiest book to read but it has provided some interesting ideas and provoked further thought on society s views towards the rich, culture and the arts.

    7. Veblen s classic analysis on how and why we expose wealth makes for a great read His writing is witty, clear, and most importantly accurate Conspicuous Consumption details the evolution of showing off It chronicles the transition of living conspicuously, beginning in the barbaric times and ending in modernity Hunting trophies collected by Kings who wish to relive and expose highlights of their lives which has partial purpose , to owning miniature and weak inbred dogs in order to show how domesti [...]

    8. Un ensayo de alguien que confunde la utilidad con el s ntido m s banal y ordinario de lo til, y pretende medir todo seg n esa vara A Veblen le ofende todo lo que no sea torpe, instrumental y homogeneo Est tan perdido en el error que cree que el ahorro es algo bueno, que tiene alguna clase de valor positivo Est tica aparte, el ensayo tampoco se sostiene pol tica ni sociol gicamente Veblen hace algunas descripciones y generalizaciones incidentalmente interesantes, pero lo nico parecido a una expli [...]

    9. Reading Thorsten Veblen s writing is like eating the most delicious dessert in the world despite the fact that it has the unfortunate consistency of cold, lumpy oatmeal.Not that his hella archaic wordstylez or quaint yet pervasive early 20th century racism evolutionary psychology much should stop you from tearing into his work Veblen was very much a technocrat he believed engineers would organize the proletariat and overthrow the class hierarchy and this work showcases that admirably well his id [...]

    10. It took me nearly the entire book to realize that Veblen is HILARIOUS This is wicked satire that manages to be extremely insightful and profound at the same time It s a very pointed analysis of the leisure class, but done very much in the manner of typical late 19th century ethnographies of primitive peoples But where most of those ethnographies primarily functioned to construct and reinforce beliefs in the moral and cultural superiority of the ethnographers, Veblen uses their own language to co [...]

    11. Curiosity level Not what I expected Hoo boy I very much wanted to like this book but I barely made it and took so many days, too I picked this because I loved The Portable Veblen read my review and there were references to Thorstein Veblen, a Norwegian American economist and sociologist I get that he s really witty and hides a lot of dry humour behind a deadpan face of writing But I think the sentences were a bit too twisty and a bit weedy so it was hard to stay focused on his ideas The terms he [...]

    12. While I applaud Veblen for the coining of the excellent phrase conspicuous consumption , and while I enjoyed many of his ideas on how leisure time, activities and consumption have all been cultivated as indicators of wealth and therefore status, the new ideas I got from this book were sadly not worth the effort of wading through the prose When reading the first chapter, I thought its cumbersome language might be the result of a poor translation Alas, I discovered that Thorstein Veblen was born i [...]

    13. Dry at times, but also witty, particular on education and on the inutility of cats clearly a dog person For modern readers, Veblen s use of evolutionary psychology seems quaint Don t go to him for a theory of societal development What he does resent in a rather wonderful way s the shape of the emerging mass consumer culture Veblen writes at the beginning of the century, with an explosive consumerism ready to take over He can sense it So the question in this new world, how will status be asserted [...]

    14. Another book im reviewing after some time but it was okay to easy for me as i did agree with pretty much every work but now im thinking the people that after hiring workers giving them shit wages etc Are doing the right thing for them and we workers are just playing by their rules, other than the class that never work a day in their live but i assume they aren t that interesting anyway.Its okay but i need to read adam smith etc For the opposing views of the last couple of books on work and econo [...]

    15. This was the first time I read something written before 1900, and guess what The words were hard to understand, but yeah, that was like a bitter truth Unfortunately, the book was talking about the European and US perhaps The I read the book, the I had to accept that human in social context now is likely or undeliberately to do a concpicuous consumption.

    16. i only bought this book for its pretty embossed cover the entire penguin great ideas series is a work of art in regards to book cover design in it, the author purports that the main goal of western consumption is to secure and maintain social status even though published than a century ago, his argument is still relevant today.

    17. in wealthy society, people started consuming things simply in order to show other people that they couldrs get bigger and bigger because, well, the bigger car i have, the social status i have.

    18. Like a dry, uneven satire written by Henry James Just not juicy enough for me To be fair, the whole was devoured in the whoozy and pained post operative state Not the best for many books I ll have to come back to this to see if I served it poorly.

    19. We spend money on silly stuff sometimes, and it s not admirable There now you don t have to read Conspicuous Consumption I m sure if I were a true intellectual I d have found this small philosophical tome very engaging, but I m not and I didn t.

    20. An amazing piece of literature explaining and detailing the many reasons behind modern society s many desires to be conspicuous consumers.

    21. The problem with reading Great Books after they ve been fully assimilated into other people s world view is that you read them and go, Well, duh And so it was with this Alas.

    22. You are what you consume And you consume what you think you are Haven t run into a 100 year old idea this solid in a while Now I want to read the entire Theory of the Leisure Class.

    23. Can t say I agree with his view points, but it was interesting to read the full theory behind conspicuous consumption Who knew CC had roots in evolution

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