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While trillions of dollars came and went in the stock market boom of the 1990s, the image of "every man and woman a CEO" may turn out to be the era's lasting legacy. Business news, once reserved to specialized papers or sections of the larger news of the day, came to the forefront in cable television and in cultural images of how ordinary people, through the internet and other avenues could not only master their financial life, but move money and equity around with the ease of a financial titan. Financialization of Daily Life looks at how this transformation occurred, and how it is just now becoming a significant, and troubling, aspect of our political and cultural life.Randy Martin takes us through all of the aspects of our "financialization." He examines how the shift in economic life arose not only from changes in culture, but also from new policy priorities that emphasize controlling inflation over promoting growth. He offers a close reading of self-help literature that teaches parents how to rear financially literate children and to instruct adults in the fundamentals of fiscal management. He examines just what a society that treats financial investment as a national past time really looks like, and how that society is transforming the world.In a country rocked by scandals in accounting and banking, the identification ordinary citizens make with, and the risk with which they engage in, the stock market calls into question the very basis of our economic system. Randy Martin spells out in clear terms the implications our financial doings—and undoing—have for the way we organize our lives, and, especially, our money.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: What in the World Is Financialization?
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Too Much of a Good Thing?
  2. pp. 13-54
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  1. 2. When Finance Becomes You
  2. pp. 55-101
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  1. 3. Risking the World
  2. pp. 103-147
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  1. 4. The New Divisions: A Geography Reconfigured
  2. pp. 149-197
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 199-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-230
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439905975
Related ISBN
9781566399883
MARC Record
OCLC
719383449
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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