Blog 1-The Leisure Class

After reading the article on “The theory of leisure class”, it is obvious to see the distinction between classes when it comes to labor and leisure time. The working class, often working a high number of hours, is never able to have any leisure time due to the work load that they have at their workplace. You can call it exploitation but there is a clear notion that the individuals with a stronger relationship with the means of production do not have to work as much. This available “leisure” is a characteristic that separates the working class and the higher class. The working class must work long hours in order to survive, and the high class even going back to barbaric times would always have the ability to have to work much less due to the nature of work that they had.

In modern times this is still very much true. A working class individual must always work long and hard hours in order to survive, while the people in higher social groups/classes have jobs such as doctors, dentists, and lawyers, that do not require much labor but are considered of higher status. This also allows them to accumulate wealth at a higher rate while having this “leisure” time to rest.

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2 responses to “Blog 1-The Leisure Class

  1. I definitely agree with you. In today’s world those who hold jobs that do not require much labor are still considered of higher social status, while those who actually have much more specialized and difficult labor are considered of lower social status. Consequently, those people with jobs considered of higher status perform in conspicuous consumption. You see this everyday; people buy luxurious items that you know they definitely do not need solely for the purposes of impressing those around them.

  2. I am also agree with this post, and just like someone else had comments saying that “In today’s world those who hold jobs that do not require much labor are still considered of higher social status” that is so true, because I work at the doctor off, we have so much work to do with a very little pay, most of the time I don’t even get to take my lunch, but even to get any kind of job they look for social status. You high education, and experience, and they still pay basically the same rate of salary weather you work at the store, or a doctor office. “working with a high number of hours, is never able to have any leisure time due to the work load that they have at their workplace” that what exactly I meant.

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