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Bootstrapped : liberating ourselves from the American Dream  Cover Image Book Book

Bootstrapped : liberating ourselves from the American Dream

Quart, Alissa (author.).

Summary: Examines the American obsession with self-reliance and how it has led to inequality, self-blame, and shifted the responsibility for survival onto the backs of ordinary people.

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  • ISBN: 9780063028005
  • ISBN: 006302800X
  • Physical Description: print
    xii, 276 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2023]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-261) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Preface: Forget self-reliance -- Part I: Creators of the American Dream. The backstory ; Where's Walden? ; Little house of propaganda ; The Horatio Alger lie -- Part II: Brokers of the American Dream. Rich fictions ; The self-made voter ; Zen incorporated -- Part III: Burdens of the American Dream. Go fund yourself ; Mothers' revolution ; The con of the side hustle -- Part IV: Toward a new American Dream. Class traitors ; The feeling is mutual aid ; Boss workers ; Inequality therapy ; Volunteering ourselves ; Unmaking the self-made myth -- Epilogue: My independence day.
Subject: Social mobility United States
Social mobility United States History 21st century
Social classes United States
Social classes United States History 21st century
American Dream
Self-reliance United States
Equality United States
National characteristics, American
United States Economic conditions 21st century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes & Economic Disparity
American Dream
Social classes
Social classes United States
Equality United States
Genre: Nonfiction.

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