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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. Todays (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. Todays business leaders?...
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