Unformatted text preview: means of production. Proletariat - The social class made up of the masses or workers who must sell their own labor in order to survive. Power Elite- A concept developed primarily by the sociologist "C. Wright Mills." The term refers to a small number of individuals who possess extreme amounts of power and make decisions which effect an entire culture. Thorestein Veblen - A sociologist who wrote extensivelyabout upper class in the U.S. His best known work, "The Theory of The Leisure Class," was published in 1899. Conspicuous Consumption- A concept developed by "Thorestein Veblen" which refers to the practice of using wealth to purchase things to show others you have wealth....
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, social class position, Open Class Society, Thorestein Veblen