Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United States and Argentina
January 20, 2017
By Daniel Fridman
“In this era where dollar value signals moral worth, Daniel Fridman paints a vivid portrait of Americans and Argentinians trying to become worthy of millions. Following groups who practice the advice from financial success bestsellers, Fridman illustrates how the neoliberal emphasis on responsibility, individualism, and entrepreneurship binds people together with the ropes of aspiration.
Freedom from Work delves into a world of financial self-help in which books, seminars, and board games reject “get rich quick” formulas and instead suggest to participants that there is something fundamentally wrong with who they are, and that they must struggle to correct it. Fridman shows that the global economic transformations of the last few decades have been accompanied by popular resources that transform the people trying to survive—and even thrive.”
Daniel Fridman is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
An introductory excerpt is available from the publisher