Accessible reading on Conspicuous Consumption?

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Hello GAPE scholars, 

I'm looking for an undergraduate-friendly reading on conspicuous consumption for a new course this fall.  Veblen can be tedious for students, and I'd like to know if anyone might have a suitable alternative they use.  Ideally I'd like something that explains the concept and gives some discussion-friendly examples, such as the manions at Newport, RI.   Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 


Many thanks, 

Jennifer Black

Asst. Professor of History, Misericordia University

Categories: Teaching

You may want to consider all or part of Kristin Hoganson's Consumers' Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920.  It's an excellent read and gets at a lot of dimensions of conspicuous consumption (as well as other issues, of course).

Margaret Susan (Peggy) Thompson, Syracuse University