Thorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure Class by John Patrick DigginsThorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure Class by John Patrick Diggins

Thorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure Class

byJohn Patrick Diggins

Paperback | June 10, 1999

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Fired by Stanford and the University of Chicago but recommended by his peers to the presidency of the American Economic Association, Thorstein Veblen remains a baffling figure in American intellectual history. In part because he was an eccentric who shunned publicity, he has also been one of our most neglected. Veblen is known to the general public only as coiner of the term "conspicuous consumption," and to scholars primarily as one of many social critics of the reform-minded Progressive Era. This important critical biography--originally published asThe Bard of Savageryand now appearing in paperback for the first time--attempts both to unravel the riddles that surround his reputation and to assess his varied and important contributions to modern social theory.

John Patrick Digginsis Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His previous books includeMussolini and Fascism: The View from America, The American Left in the Twentieth Century, Up from Communism: Conservative Odysseys in American Intellectual History,andThe Liberal Persuasion: Art...
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Title:Thorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure ClassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:310 pagesPublished:June 10, 1999Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface: Social Theory and the Anthropological Imperative

Introduction to the Paperback Edition

List of Abbreviations

Pt. 1 The Milieu and the Man 1

Ch. 1 Veblen's America 3

Ch. 2 Enter Veblen: "Disturber of the Intellectual Peace" 14

Ch. 3 The Social Scientist as "Stranger" 31

Pt. 2 Theory and History 41

Ch. 4 Economics and the Dilemma of Value Theory 43

Ch. 5 Marx, Veblen, and the "Riddle" of Alienation 59

Ch. 6 Reification, Animism, Emulation: The Cultural Hegemony of Capitalism 83

Ch. 7 Veblen, Weber, and the "Spirit of Capitalism" 111

Pt. 3 Inside the Whale 137

Ch. 8 The Barbarian Status of Women 139

Ch. 9 The Tribes of Academe 167

Ch. 10 America and the World 184

Ch. 11 Disciples and Dissenters: Veblen's Legacy in American Thought and Social Action 208

Ch. 12 Conclusion: Whither Capitalism? 225

Notes 231

Index 253




From Our Editors

There’s nothing conspicuous about the life of the man who coined the term "conspicuous consumption." Thorstein Veblen shunned publicity and followed an eccentric, reclusive path while avidly constructing his social and economic theories, making him a worthy subject for a critical biography in Thorstein Veblen: Theorist of the Leisure Class.

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"A most important, incisive, and readable study of Thorstein Veblen."-John Kenneth Galbraith