By Thorsten Veblen
All through background, a few books have replaced the realm. they've got reworked the best way we see ourselves ? and every different. they've got encouraged debate, dissent, conflict and revolution. they've got enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. they've got enriched lives ? and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the nice thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose rules shook civilization and helped make us who we're. With its wry portrayal of a shallow, materialistic ?leisure classification? obsessed by means of outfits, automobiles, purchaser items and mountain climbing the social ladder, this withering satire on sleek capitalism is as pertinent at the present time as whilst it was once written over a century in the past.
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Com The Theory of the Leisure Class first published 1899 This extract published in Penguin Books 2005 Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser ISBN: 978-0-14-196431-7 Contents The Leisure Class Conspicuous Leisure: Status and Servants Conspicuous Consumption: Women, Luxury Goods and Connoisseurship Canons of Taste: Greenery and Pets Admission to the Leisure Class Survivals of Primitive Male Prowess: Fighting and Sports Conspicuous Uselessness of Education The Leisure Class The institution of a leisure class is found in its best development at the higher stages of the barbarian culture; as, for instance, in feudal Europe or feudal Japan.
This can be done only indirectly, through the exhibition of some tangible, lasting results of the leisure so spent – in a manner analogous to the familiar exhibition of tangible, lasting products of the labour performed for the gentleman of leisure by handicraftsmen and servants in his employ. The lasting evidence of productive labour is its material product – commonly some article of consumption. In the case of exploit it is similarly possible and usual to procure some tangible result that may serve for exhibition in the way of trophy or booty.
In so far as they are not kept for exhibition simply, they afford gratification to their master chiefly in allowing scope to his propensity for dominance. It is true, the care of the continually increasing household apparatus may require added labour; but since the apparatus is commonly increased in order to serve as a means of good repute rather than as a means of comfort, this qualification is not of great weight. All these lines of utility are better served by a larger number of more highly specialised servants.