On the non-European social origin of Turkey: combining Veblen's theory of the leisure class with Marx's Asiatic mode of production
Öncü, Ahmet On the non-European social origin of Turkey: combining Veblen's theory of the leisure class with Marx's Asiatic mode of production.
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In this paper, I argue first that at a time when the European leisure classes had slowly and gradually begun moving from the kind of conspicuous waste which was seen as right and meritorious because of their sacred connotations to a kind of plainly conspicuous consumption in their emulatory games of honorific status, the Ottoman leisure class seemed to be stunned by the exemplary accomplishments of the classical age sultans. Secondly,at a time when the European leisure classes had begun adapting to a ‘quasi-peaceable situation’ that had come into view as a consequence of the emergence of ‘masterless men’ from within the industrial class, the Ottoman leisure class seemed to be stuck in a deceitful predatory phase of cultural evolution.the Ottoman formation was also changing in response to the implications of the great explorations that opened the gates of the modern capitalist world; but its leisure class, a very mysterious teleological agent, was stubbornly resisting this change and holding on to the old honorific titles of olden or golden days.
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