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Modern Society. Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929). Background Wisconsin farm boy. Hatred of tricksters. Family of prosperous farmers. Carleton College, John Hopkins University, Yale University, Cornell University. Gift from wife’s father: A farm in Iowa. Many academic appointments:

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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Background
    • Wisconsin farm boy.
    • Hatred of tricksters.
    • Family of prosperous farmers.
    • Carleton College, John Hopkins University, Yale University, Cornell University.
    • Gift from wife’s father: A farm in Iowa.
    • Many academic appointments:
      • University of Chicago.
      • University of Missouri.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Intellectual Influences
    • Karl Marx, Points of Agreement
      • Technological imperatives.
      • Alienation of workers.
      • Two-class stratification system.
    • Karl Marx, Points of Disagreement
      • Rejected historical determinancy.
      • Rejected increasing misery of working class.
      • Rejected labor theory of value.
      • Rejected teleological optimism.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Intellectual Influences
    • Herbert Spencer
      • Evolutionary economics.
      • Survival of the fittest.
    • Charles Darwin
      • Change is continuous, with no final term.
      • Habits of thought emerge through trial and error.
    • Edward Bellamy
      • Socialist utopia.
      • Nationalized industry.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Intellectual Influences
    • Immanuel Kant
      • Need for defensive military.
      • Competitive preparedness.
      • Neutral colors of global shipping.
    • Pragmatism and Psychology
      • Self and self-esteem.
      • Perceptions are biased.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Theory of the Leisure Class
      • Highly critical of the elite.
      • Unproductive activities.
      • Conspicuous consumption
      • Conspicuous leisure
      • Inappropriate role models.
      • Sports were inherently immoral and degrading. The masses, to gain some sense of self-esteem, wanted to emulate the elite (football as the poor man’s polo).
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Conspicuous Consumption
      • Public display of material goods.
      • Public display of privileged status.
      • Wasteful lifestyles contribute to the downfall of societies.
      • Vulgar pursuit of self-esteem.
      • Conspicuous leisure to gain approval.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Capitalist Waste
      • Habits of the mind.
      • New aristocracy in industry.
      • All members of society engage in waste to conform with cultural expectations for displays of wealth and success.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Business Enterprise
      • The industrial system is best.
      • Class conflict is inevitable.
      • Owners are motivated to restrict production to maximize profits (demand side economics).
      • Utility economics was hedonistic, rationalistic, and destructive.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Evolutionary Theory
      • Savage society.
        • Peace, cooperation.
      • Barbaric society.
        • Competition, predation.
      • Mechanical society.
        • Handicrafts.
        • Material interests.
        • Ownership of the means of production.
        • Not necessarily a superior culture.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Cultural Lag
      • New technologies.
      • Culture lag as society adapts.
    • Cultural Borrowing
      • Adapt new technologies to the society.
      • Eliminate flaws in the original technology.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Human Nature
      • Human behavior is instinctual.
      • Human behavior is habitual.
      • Social forces modify habits.
      • Veblen was, in general, pessimistic about humans.
      • Humans are wasteful and prideful.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Class
      • Accumulation creates classes.
      • Accumulation becomes the goal.
      • Wealthy engage in conspicuous leisure.
    • Gender
      • Predation values aggression and values trophies: Roles given to men.
      • Poor women do less prestigious manual work.
      • Attractive women seen as trophies of wealthy men (conspicuous consumption).
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Concepts and Contributions
    • Higher Education
      • Masses should be educated.
      • Class size should be small.
      • Universities should have few extracurricular activities.
      • Opposed to:
        • Sports,
        • Fraternities,
        • Clubs.
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Modern Society

Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

  • Relevancy
    • Conspicuous consumption.
    • Conspicuous leisure.
    • Cultural borrowing.
    • Cultural lag.
    • Effects of sports and leisure on society.
    • Effects of large corporations on society.
    • “Cold war” mentality could be lessened with increased cultural borrowing and diffusion.
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