Thorsten Veblen, “Conspicuous Consumption,”

Category : Economics

In what has been said of the evolution of the vicarious leisure class and its differentiation from the general body of the working classes, reference has been made to a further division of labour, – that between different servant classes. One portion of the servant class, chiefly those persons whose occupation is vicarious leisure, come to undertake a new, subsidiary range of duties – the vicarious consumption of goods.

Source: The Theory of the Leisure Class (NY: B.W. Huebsch, 1912)

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