College of Liberal Arts

LLILAS Book Talk: Freedom from Work by Daniel Fridman

Monday Feb 13, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | SRH 1.208

Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United States and Argentina
by
DANIEL FRIDMAN, LLILAS and Dept. of Sociology

Discussants:
Raj Patel, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Sharmila Rudrappa, Dept. of Sociology

In this era where dollar value signals moral worth, Daniel Fridman paints a vivid portrait of Americans and Argentinians seeking to transform themselves into people 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 analyzes three groups who exercise principles from Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by playing the board game Cashflow and investing in cash-generating assets with the goal of leaving the rat race of employment. 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.

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