The Wolf of Wall Street: Re-Imagining Veblen For the 21St Century

This paper calls for a closer re-reading of Veblen’s (1899) Theory of The Leisure Class. Although Veblen’s classic work has some presence in Consumer Research, perhaps most notably as reference for conspicuous consumption, we argue that it has much more to offer in terms of theoretical insight and analysis. To illustrate this relevance and value of Veblen’s theory we undertake an illustrative reading of the autobiographical account The Wolf of Wall Street to expand and re-examine the manifestations and structures of the Leisure Class for postmodern society.


Georgios Patsiaouras and James Fitchett (2011) ,"The Wolf of Wall Street: Re-Imagining Veblen For the 21St Century", in E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 9, eds. Alan Bradshaw, Chris Hackley, and Pauline Maclaran, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 214-218.


Georgios Patsiaouras, University of Leicester, UK
James Fitchett, University of Leicester, UK


E - European Advances in Consumer Research Volume 9 | 2011

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