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Thorstein Veblen in the Age of Hyperconsumption
Thorstein veblen in the age of hyperconsumption

Thorstein Veblen has always had a small, but significant, following in the social sciences. However, his influence has increased recently because his famous work on ‘conspicuous consumption’ anticipates the growing importance of consumption (absolutely and in comparison to production) in American society and much of the rest of the world, as well as the increasing academic interest in sociology (and other fields) in consumption.1 Yet, the irony is that Veblen was very much a product of his times (late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America) and, as a result, he shares with the other classical theorists of the day a focal interest in issues relating to production. Before we rush to give Veblen ...

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