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- DescriptionThorstein Veblen is a key figure in early twentieth-century American intellectual history. Variously described as a 'revolutionary icoclast', 'the father of techcracy' and 'the best critic of America that America has produced', his work is frequently compared with that of Marx, Durkheim and Weber for its breadth and insight. This study sets Veblen's work in its social and intellectual context, delineating its main concepts and tensions, and re-establishing the extent of his influence. In the process, Spindler evaluates the usefulness and the limitations of Veblen's views for an understanding of American culture by considering Veblen t just as an ecomist or a sociologist--as has been the case up to w--but as a seminal analyst and critic of modern American culture, whose influence and importance has been underplayed and whose radicalism has been blunted by postwar commentators.
- Author BiographyMichael Spindler teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at De Montfort University, Bedford. He is the author of American Literature and Social Change: William Dean Howells to Arthur Miller (Palgrave, 1984), and numerous articles and essays on aspects of American Studies.
- Author(s)Michael Spindler
- PublisherPluto Press
- Date of Publication09/05/2002
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPluto Press
- Weight386 g
- Width135 mm
- Height215 mm
- Format DetailsLibrary binding
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