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Published: 26 July 2009

304 Pages

5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199552580

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The Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen
Edited by Martha Banta

Oxford World's Classics

  • Veblen's searing indictment of modern consumer society is startlingly relevant in a world of Paris Hiltons and Victoria Beckhams--a timely reminder of the human cost paid for waste in all its forms.
  • Critiques all aspects of modern life from dress, class, the position of women, home decoration, industry, business, and sport to religion, scholarship, and education.
  • Martha Banta's excellent Introduction illuminates the literary force of Veblen's writing and its influence on later American writers such as Edith Wharton, Henry James, Dos Passos and Scott Fitzgerald. She also considers his critique of the plight of women and his evolutionary arguments as they relate to modern society.

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