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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Daniel Fridman

Assistant Professor Ph.D., Columbia University

Assistant Professor, LLILAS and Department of Sociology
Daniel Fridman



Economy and Culture; Consumption; Finances and Popular Culture; Neoliberalism and Globalization.

LAS 384 • Prosmnr: Curr Iss In Lat Amer

40775 • Fall 2014
Meets F 1000am-100pm SRH 1.313
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Latin American Studies 381 (Topic: Proseminar: Latin America in the Twentieth Century) and 384 may not both be counted.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Latin American studies.

Restricted enrollment

LAS 325 • Consumption In Latin America

40755 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CLA 1.106
(also listed as SOC 321K )
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Consumption is at the same time an economic, political and cultural phenomenon. During the twentieth-century and the beginning of the twenty first, in many parts of the world the promise of extending mass-consumption became a central part of political discourses about the rights and benefits of citizens. In Latin America, the goal of achieving a vibrant internal consumer market was conflated by many with the idea of development, progress, and modernity. Conceptually, consumers have been seen alternatively as the sovereigns of markets, as victims of manipulation, or as a locus of resistance and expression. In this course, we will study the place of consumption in social, economic, and political relations in Latin America. We will read recent literature from various disciplines (sociology, history, anthropology, etc.) on consumer culture in the region, with a special focus on Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Brazil. We will deal with a variety of topics and consumption goods, including consumer policies, popular consumption, advertising, neoliberal consumption, middle class consumer culture, home appliances, jeans and tupperware.

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