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Published: 28 May 2009

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780199552580

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The Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen
Edited by Martha Banta

Oxford World's Classics

  • Thorstein Veblen's searing indictment of modern consumer society is startlingly relevant in a world of Paris Hiltons and Victoria Beckhams; this edition is a timely reminder of the human cost paid for waste in all its forms.
  • Veblen's critique covers 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 places a new emphasis on 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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