In 1899, Thorstein Veblen coined the phrase ‘conspicuous consumption’ to describe status-seeking in the obscenely unequal world of late-nineteenth century America. Many of the aspects he described in The Theory of the Leisure Class are still evident in our world. Today we’re talking about Conspicuous Consumption in Africa, which is a collection of essays that explores the ways in which conspicuous consumption is foregrounded in various African contexts and historical moments. We’re joined in studio by Sifiso Mnisi, one of the authors who wrote an essay that looks at the subculture of ukukhothane.
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