The Theory of the Leisure Class Characters

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Barbarian

The barbarian culture is the stage of development where class distinctions begin. Men of different abilities engage in different kinds of activities. Advances in tools and technology means that not all of their time is spent on activities associated with survival. They have time for other activities, or leisure activities. Ownership of property has also emerged. Ownership of property began with women, as the victor would claim the women of the defeater. The women were basically trophies and evidence of the power and strength of the victor. This was the basis for the establishment of wealth. Other forms of property came into being as part of the ability to have leisure time.

A distinction is made between kinds of employment. There is men's work and woman's work. The men work at war, hunting sports, and religious observances. They may make toys, weapons, and sporting goods. There is...

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