leisure class


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leisure class

a term coined by VEBLEN (The Theory of the Leisure Class, 1899) to refer to a particular stratum of the upper classes in the US in the latter half of the 19th-century Veblen was critical of the nouveaux riches, who expressed disdain for all forms of manual and productive labour and sustained their own status position through acts of CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION and abstention from work.