Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of positional goods in English:
Goods which are in limited supply and which become more sought after and relatively more expensive as material prosperity increases.
- Thus the spending by the wealthy on many positional goods acts as a curious sort of natural taxation.
- In a booming economy characterized by net immigration rather than net emigration, where the demands of an expanding middle class are outstripping supply, the acquisition of positional goods becomes ever more difficult.
- However, there is a great deal of mobility in Highbury society, a mobility expressed largely through the circulation of young women, and here escalation is less a matter of positional goods then of cultural capital.
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