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Theory Leisure Class

Theory Leisure Class

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The Theory of the LeisureClass
Thorstein Veblen
A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication
The Theory of the Leisure Class
by Thorstein Veblen
is a publication of the PennsylvaniaState University. This Portable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person using this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so athis or her own risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Edi-tor, nor anyone associated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsi-bility for the material contained within the document or for the file as an electronic trans-mission, in any way.
The Theory of the Leisure Class
by Thorstein Veblen
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Electronic Classics Series
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The Theory of theLeisure Class
Thorstein Veblen
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of a leisure class is found in itsbest development at the higher stages of the barbarian culture; as, for instance, in feudal Europeor feudal Japan. In such communities the distinction be-tween classes is very rigorously observed; and the feature of most striking economic significance in these class differencesis the distinction maintained between the employmentsproper to the several classes. The upper classes are by customexempt or excluded from industrial occupations, and are re-served for certain employments to which a degree of honourattaches. Chief among the honourable employments in any feudal community is warfare; and priestly service is com-monly second to warfare. If the barbarian community is notnotably warlike, the priestly office may take the precedence, with that of the warrior second. But the rule holds with butslight exceptions that, whether warriors or priests, the upperclasses are exempt from industrial employments, and thisexemption is the economic expression of their superior rank.Brahmin India affords a fair illustration of the industrial ex-emption of both these classes. In the communities belong-ing to the higher barbarian culture there is a considerabledifferentiation of sub-classes within what may be compre-hensively called the leisure class; and there is a correspond-ing differentiation of employments between these sub-classes.The leisure class as a whole comprises the noble and thepriestly classes, together with much of their retinue. The oc-cupations of the class are correspondingly diversified; but

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