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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.
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To them conventional good breeding, fine manners, the pleasures of the leisure class, and the standards of 'The Town' (fashionable London society) were the only part of life much worth regarding.
* A curious and amazing literature that served to make the working class utterly misapprehend the nature of the leisure class.
A daugh- ter of a laborer was in much the same social position as a daughter of a farmer or a merchant, and there were no leisure classes. A girl was "nice" or she was "not nice." If a nice girl, she had a young man who came to her house to see her on Sunday and on Wednesday evenings.
Apart from the capital owners, a leisure class of yuppies and heirs has also captured a sizable share of the surplus created by productivity-enhancing technologies.
On the basis of customer type, global car rental services market is segmented into business class and leisure class customers.
Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class (1899) condemned the Gilded Age rich for lavishing their money on "conspicuous consumption" that was pointless at best and in some cases deliberately counterproductive.
10, 2015 file photo, Ben Affleck, left, and Matt Damon attend the "Project Greenlight" premiere of "The Leisure Class" in Los Angeles.
Discuss "The Theory of the Leisure Class" by Thorstein Veblen.
For all their evocations of Wall Street strivers and the lunching leisure class, Bimmers are visceral machines that beg to be flung into a country bend.
Building on the classic work of Dean McCannell, The Tourist: A New Theory of the Leisure Class (1999), Reijnders modifies McCannell's model of how tourism creates cultural memories for the case of media tourism.
But Pinched provides much original insight and should be considered a natural heir to Reisman, Glazer, and Denny's The Lonely Crowd, and Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class. Pinched is an excellent chronicle of the Great Recession's hidden and long-term effects on the American psyche.
IN HIS 1899 WORK The Theory of the Leisure Class, Thor stein Veblen wrote, "The basis on which good repute in any highly organised industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength ...