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Daniel Fridman

Assistant Professor Ph.D., Columbia University

Assistant Professor, LLILAS and Department of Sociology
Daniel Fridman



Daniel Fridman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at UT-Austin. He received his PhD in Sociology from Columbia University, where he was a Mellon Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. Before joining UT-Austin in 2013, he taught at the University of Victoria, Canada and was a visiting researcher at the Centro de Estudios Sociales de la Economía, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. He previously studied sociology at the University of Buenos Aires and worked for the National Statistics Institute in Argentina. Daniel is interested in the intersections of economy and culture, neoliberalism and financialization, economic policy in Latin America, consumer culture, and the construction of economic subjects.



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.


Selected Publications

Fridman, Daniel (forthcoming). “Resisting the lure of the paycheck: Freedom and dependence in financial self-help”. Foucault Studies.

Fridman, Daniel (forthcoming). “Las contradicciones de la gubernamentalidad neoliberal: reforma financiera, nuevos sujetos económicos y crisis en la última dictadura argentina”. In Wilkis, Ariel & Alexandre Roig, El laberinto de las finanzas. Estudios Sociales de la Economía Contemporánea. Buenos Aires: Biblos. [The contradictions of neoliberal governmentality: financial reform, new economic subjects and crisis in the last Argentine dictatorship].

Daniel Fridman (2010) “From Rats to Riches: Game Playing and the Production of the Capitalist Self”, Special issue on Knowledge in Practice, Qualitative Sociology, Volume 33, Issue 4.

Daniel Fridman (2010) “A New Mentality for a New Economy: Performing the Homo Economicus in Argentina (1976-1983),” Economy and Society, Volume 39, Issue 2.

Daniel Fridman (2008) “La creación de los consumidores en la última dictadura argentina,” Apuntes de Investigación, Nº14.

Daniel Fridman and David Sheinin (2007) “Wild Bulls, Discarded Foreigners, and Brash Champions: U.S. Empire and the Cultural Constructions of Argentine Boxers,” Left History, Vol. 12, Nº1, Spring/Summer.

David Sheinin and Daniel Fridman (2006) “The Last Champions: Boxing, Violence, and American Cultural Influences in 1970s Argentina,” Latin American Essays, XIX.

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