Sep 02 2014

“Conspicuous Consumption” by Thorstein Veblen

Published by at 10:03 pm under Reflection Blog

In Conspicuous Consumption, Veblen addresses social class and the associated norms of consumption. Written in 1899, his historical economic survey dwells on gender as a primary marker of social class. He explains the evolution of the “leisure class” as that which can afford to indulge in luxury goods. Consequently, consumption of these elite goods indicates a high social status, while the lack of such consumption indicates a lower social status.

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