Accessible reading on Conspicuous Consumption?

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

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