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Unformatted text preview: University of Chicago B. Major work, Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)-Famous phrase: “conspicuous consumption” C. Main ideas about the leisure class 1. Today’s (his time, ours?) society like primitive tribal life with division of labor: a. Higher status, those who go to war and hunt b. Inferior, do menial work: farming and cooking 2. This develops through conquest of one tribe over another, leading to: a. Ruling class – the “leisure class” b. Working class – those who labor to keep society going 3. Society never grew out of this stage: prime example with Medieval feudalism 4. “Conspicuous consumption” – waste money on extravagance to show higher status (buying brand-name items?) 5. “Conspicuous leisure” – pastimes such as philosophy, fine arts 6. Today’s business leaders?...
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- Sociology, conspicuous consumption, Thorstein Veblen, Leisure Class, peasant society, I. Thorstein Veblen