The Theory of the Leisure Class

Thorstein VEBLEN (1857 - 1929)

Originally published by the Norwegian-American economist Thorstein Veblen while he was a professor at the University of Chicago in 1898, the Theory of the Leisure Class is considered one of the great works of economics as well as the first detailed critique of consumerism. In the book, Veblen argues that economic life is driven not by notions of utility, but by social vestiges from pre-historic times. (Summary modified from Wikipedia)

Proof-Listeners: Illiterati, Sarah Jennings, mim@can, Ken Sterry and Barry Eads

Genre(s): Business & Economics

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter I - Introductory, Part One Anna Simon
00:16:59
Play 02 02 - Chapter I - Introductory, Part Two Anna Simon
00:17:39
Play 03 03 - Chapter II - Pecuniary Emulation Leni
00:24:04
Play 04 04 - Chapter III - Conspicuous Leisure, Part One Leni
00:18:05
Play 05 05 - Chapter III - Conspicuous Leisure, Part Two Leni
00:22:14
Play 06 06 - Chapter III - Conspicuous Leisure, Part Three Leni
00:21:08
Play 07 07 - Chapter IV - Conspicuous Consumption, Part One sarac
00:20:00
Play 08 08 - Chapter IV - Conspicuous Consumption, Part Two sarac
00:15:41
Play 09 09 - Chapter IV - Conspicuous Consumption, Part Three sarac
00:15:31
Play 10 10 - Chapter V - The Pecuniary Standard of Living MorganScorpion
00:19:17
Play 11 11 - Chapter VI - Pecuniary Canons of Taste, Part One MorganScorpion
00:18:02
Play 12 12 - Chapter VI - Pecuniary Canons of Taste, Part Two MorganScorpion
00:18:04
Play 13 13 - Chapter VI - Pecuniary Canons of Taste, Part Three MorganScorpion
00:16:20
Play 14 14 - Chapter VI - Pecuniary Canons of Taste, Part Four MorganScorpion
00:18:08
Play 15 15 - Chapter VI - Pecuniary Canons of Taste, Part Five MorganScorpion
00:14:45
Play 16 16 - Chapter VII - Dress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture, Part One Tracy Datlen
00:21:38
Play 17 17 - Chapter VII - Dress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture, Part Two Tracy Datlen
00:20:25
Play 18 18 - Chapter VIII - Industrial Exemption and Conservatism, Part One Tracy Datlen
00:23:54
Play 19 19 - Chapter VIII - Industrial Exemption and Conservatism, Part Two Sienna
00:20:12
Play 20 20 - Chapter IX - The Conservation of Archaic Traits, Part One mb
00:21:04
Play 21 21 - Chapter IX - The Conservation of Archaic Traits, Part Two mb
00:23:22
Play 22 22 - Chapter IX - The Conservation of Archaic Traits, Part Three Denny Sayers
00:25:08
Play 23 23 - Chapter X - Modern Survivals of Prowess, Part One Ata Khudayberdiev
00:16:25
Play 24 24 - Chapter X - Modern Survivals of Prowess, Part Two Sienna
00:22:04
Play 25 25 - Chapter X - Modern Survivals of Prowess, Part Three Rachel Resnick
00:17:33
Play 26 26 - Chapter XI - The Belief in Luck, Part One Anna Simon
00:15:34
Play 27 27 - Chapter XI - The Belief in Luck, Part Two Anna Simon
00:14:21
Play 28 28 - Chapter XII - Devout Observances, Part One Matthew Westra
00:19:46
Play 29 29 - Chapter XII - Devout Observances, Part Two Matthew Westra
00:17:37
Play 30 30 - Chapter XII - Devout Observances, Part Three Matthew Westra
00:18:54
Play 31 31 - Chapter XII - Devout Observances, Part Four Matthew Westra
00:16:47
Play 32 32 - Chapter XIII - Survivals of the Non-Invidious Interests, Part One musil
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Play 33 33 - Chapter XIII - Survivals of the Non-Invidious Interests, Part Two musil
00:20:16
Play 34 34 - Chapter XIII - Survivals of the Non-Invidious Interests, Part Two musil
00:20:09
Play 35 35 - Chapter XIV - The Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture, Part One J. M. Smallheer
00:16:19
Play 36 36 - Chapter XIV - The Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture, Part Two J. M. Smallheer
00:15:20
Play 37 37 - Chapter XIV - The Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture, Part Three J. M. Smallheer
00:16:27
Play 38 38 - Chapter XIV - The Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture, Part Four J. M. Smallheer
00:14:09