Example: Veblen goods, which are products that are in demand primarily because of their high price and serve as status symbols. Examples of Veblen goods include designer handbags, jewelry, and luxury cars.
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- Plural: conspicuous consumptions
- Term coined by Thorstein Veblen (1857–1929) in The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study in the Evolution of Institutions (1899).
- Conspicuous leisure, also coined by Veblen, is the demonstration of one’s high status through the pursuit of leisure or nonproductive activities.
- Conspicuous waste refers to destroying valuable goods (e.g., potlatch) to demonstrate status.
- Word origin of “conspicuous” and “consumption” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
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“conspicuous consumption.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/conspicuous-consumption/>.