[COMPLET]Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen -lz

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Post by Illiterati » October 29th, 2008, 9:26 am

The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) [1899].

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Summary text
Published in 1898, the Theory of the Leisure Class is considered one of the great works of economics as well as the first detailed critiques of consumerism. In his famous satiric sweeps the Norwegian-American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen dissects American culture and the relationship between wealth and consumption. Veblen wanted economists to grasp the effects of social and cultural change on economic changes. The major influence of the book has been in the field of sociology, where many of Veblen's theories and insights were later confirmed to be true. [Summary by Illiterati.]
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Post by lezer » January 22nd, 2009, 2:10 pm

Hi Illiterati,
Good luck with the re-launch!

Can I record section 26 & 27 (so Chapter XI) please?

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Post by Illiterati » January 22nd, 2009, 2:13 pm

lezer wrote:Hi Illiterati,
Good luck with the re-launch!

Can I record section 26 & 27 (so Chapter XI) please?

Anna
Thank you! Yes, please! :D

Contrary to what it might seem, this is not an experiment on the worst page view/claim ratio ever. Part of this book (The Conspicuous Consumption-chapter) has for instance been published in the Penguin Great Ideas -series.

Admittedly this text is also extremely hard at times.

The point of Veblen is making is that much of consumption does not emerge from any direct need, but rather from the archaic tendency of showing off and thus solidifying one's stature within the social structure.

Conspicuous consumption is really just bling-bling with another name. Veblen looks at for instance fashion (Dress as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture) and education (The Higher Learning as an Expression of the Pecuniary Culture) as examples of this structure, just to pick a few examples.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » January 24th, 2009, 1:33 pm

Put me down for section 35, please. :)

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Post by Illiterati » January 24th, 2009, 1:55 pm

Hi Jo!

I've put you on 35. :D

Thank you!

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Post by lezer » January 24th, 2009, 2:08 pm

Moving us to Readers Wanted.

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Post by lezer » January 24th, 2009, 3:25 pm

Hi Illit,
Could I read section 01 & 02, please, so chapter 1? After reading chapter 11, I want to know more about the book.
Anna

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Post by Illiterati » January 24th, 2009, 4:06 pm

You are there!

Thank you, Anna. :D

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Post by Illiterati » January 25th, 2009, 1:26 pm

Thank you, Anna. There's some problems with the starting quotes - the reading is perfect.

It takes a long time to PL this, there are a lot of words to check. Veblen takes a long time to say that superstitious view of the world does not necessarily fit that well in rationally constructed industrial environment.

This is btw usually classified as satire. :D

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Post by Leni » January 25th, 2009, 5:18 pm

Hi, Illiterati!

If you're not in a hurry to have the claimed sections recorded, I'd like to read chapters 2 and 3 (sections 3 to 6). I won't be able to record in the next few days but as soon as I finish moving (in a week or so) I'll be back to my full activity.

:)
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Post by Illiterati » January 25th, 2009, 7:47 pm

Great! You're on. :D

No hurry.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » January 29th, 2009, 8:17 pm

Here is the link to section 35:

http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/lz/leisureclass_35_veblen.mp3

16:19

I hope it meets your expectations. :) Let me know if I need to fix anything.

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Post by sarac » January 31st, 2009, 10:29 am

I am completely new here, but I would like to try reading the chapter on Conspicuous consumption, that is, number 07, 08 and 09. I have never done this before, so it may be that assigning me three parts all at once is too risky for you - I can also start with just number 07.
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Post by Illiterati » January 31st, 2009, 2:00 pm

Thank you sarac, and welcome to Librivox and this project especially. :D

What we normally ask people to do before their first recording is a post a brief test recording of a minute or so in the Listeners and Editors wanted -thread so that we can straighten all the possible kinks in sound quality, volume etc. It's much better than having to redo some of the recording because of a technical thing that could easily have been resolved.

To do this, first upload your test recording to http://upload.librivox.org

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You will need to select a MC - which for test recordings is xx.

Please wait the file to upload, and you will receive a link. Copy this link and post it to "Listeners & Editors Wanted".

If you want to, you can also define that you want some CC - constructive criticism. That would mean getting feedback on also the non-technical aspects of your reading.

I would also need to know the name with which you want to appear in the catalogue once the work is done. Some people just appear with their forum name, others with their given name or a pseudonym. It's really up to you to decide. We can also link to a blog or a web page, if you want to.

I have assigned the whole Conspicuous consumption -chapter to you (7-9). If you at any time feel that this was a bit too much, just keep me informed - there's nothing bad in that. Things happen. :D

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