Thorstein Veblen on Culture and Society


Stjepan Mestrovic

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  • Theory, Culture & Society

    Theory, Culture & Society caters for the resurgence of interest in culture within contemporary social science and the humanities. Building on the heritage of classical social theory, the book series examines ways in which this tradition has been reshaped by a new generation of theorists. It also publishes theoretically informed analyses of everyday life, popular culture, and new intellectual movements.

    EDITOR: Mike Featherstone, Nottingham Trent University


    Roy Boyne, University of Durham

    Mike Hepworth, University of Aberdeen

    Scott Lash, Goldsmiths College, University of London

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    The Theory, Culture & Society book series, the journals Theory, Culture & Society and Body & Society, and related conference, seminar and postgraduate programmes operate from the TCS Centre at Nottingham Trent University. For further details of the TCS Centre's activities please contact:

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    The Tourist Gaze

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    I am grateful to Chris Rojek and David Riesman for encouragement with this project. I also benefited from discussion at the meeting of the International Veblen Association in New York City in April of 2002. Grateful acknowledgement is made to Penguin Putnam for permission to reproduce the passages from Veblen that are used in this book:

    Essays in our Changing Order (1943) New York: Viking, pages 50–64, 65–77, 423–425, 428–435; Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times (1923) New York: Viking, pages 284–288, 292–295, 299–323, 326–328, 330–401; The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation (1919) New York: Viking, pages 1–17; Imperial Germany and the Industrial Revolution (1964) New York: Viking, pages 238–258; The Vested Interests and the Common Man (1919) New York: Viking, pages 23–34; The Higher Learning in America (1918) New York: Viking, pages 1–30, 161–167, 202–209; The Engineers and the Price System (1921) New York: Viking, pages 1–26; An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Forms of its Perpetuation (1945) New York: Viking, pages 31–61.


    To my daughters, Ivy and Victoria

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