The worldwide gap between rich and poor is widening. Status seeking and status keeping are fueled by the conspicuous consumption of luxury goods. These bright shiny objects are staples in a restricted economy in which only the wealthy participate. The notion of gaining riches for the purpose of helping the poor is fading. Materialism, luxury and riches have been the subject of religious and secular inquiry. In this quest, wealth has been condemned and applauded. Prestige-obsessed consumers are becoming blind to worsening social conditions.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Art
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hughes, Peggy Janeane, "Paradise Lost" (2016). All Theses and Dissertations. 5953.
conspicuous consumption, religion, wealth inequality