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Cars And Culture

Author : Rudi Volti
ISBN : 0801883997
Genre : Business & Economics
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One of the leading artifacts of modern technology, the automobile has shaped our physical, economic, social, and cultural environment. A comprehensive history, this book highlights the technical changes that altered the appearance and performance of automobiles, along with the myriad forces that have shaped the car's development.
Category: Business & Economics


Author : Peter Wollen
ISBN : 1861891326
Genre : Social Science
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The reach of the car today is almost universal, and its effect on landscapes, cityscapes, cultures – indeed, on the very fabric of the modern world – is profound. Cars have brought benefits to individuals in terms of mobility and expanded horizons, but the cost has been very high in terms of damage to the environment and the consumption of precious resources. Despite the growing belief that a Faustian price is now being paid for the freedom cars have bestowed on us, we are none the less manufacturing them in ever greater numbers. Autopia is the first book to explore the culture of the motor car in the widest possible sense. Featuring newly commissioned essays by writers, critics, historians, artists and film-makers, as well as reprinting key texts, it examines the effect of the car throughout the world, including the USA, Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, China, Cuba, India and South Africa. In this book the car is treated neither as a technological fetish object nor as an instrument of danger. Instead, it is examined as a hugely important determinant of 20th-century culture, neither wholly good nor an unmitigated disaster, and certainly endlessly fascinating. Contributors include Michael Bracewell, Ziauddin Sardar, Al Rees, Martin Pawley, Donald Richie and Peter Hamilton. Key texts by Marshall Berman, Jane Jacobs, Roland Barthes, Marc Augé and others.
Category: Social Science

Cars And Culture

Author : Charles Pickett
ISBN : 0732266173
Genre : Automobiles
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Category: Automobiles

Cuba S Car Culture

Author : Tom Cotter
ISBN : 9780760350263
Genre : History
File Size : 47.4 MB
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Welcome to Cuba's automotive time capsule, filled with classic cars. The story of how Cuba came to be trapped in automotive time is a fascinating one. For decades, the island country had enjoyed healthy tourism trade and American outpost status, and by the 1950s it had the highest per capita automotive purchasing of any Latin American country - its middle class ensured an interesting variety of vehicles plying the roads. But when Cuba fell to communist rebels in 1959, so ended the inflow of new cars. Since then, trade embargo forced Cuba's car enthusiasts to develop a unique and insular culture, one marked by great creativity, such as: Keeping a car alive with no opportunity to acquire replacement parts Customizing a car with no access to aftermarket parts Drag racing with no drag strip In many ways, Cuba is an automotive time warp, where the newest car is a 1959 Chevy or perhaps one of the Soviet Ladas. Cuba's Car Culture offers an inside look at a unique car culture, populated with cars that have been cut off from the world so long that they've morphed into something else in the spirit of automotive survival. Authors Tom Cotter and Bill Warner (founder of the Amelia Island Concours) take readers of Cuba's Car Culture on a whirlwind tour of all things automotive, beginning with Cuba's pre-Castro car and racing history and bringing us up to today's lost collector cars, street racing, and the challenges of keeping decades-old cars on the road. The book is illustrated throughout with rare historical photos as well as contemporary photos of Cuba's current car scene. For anyone who enjoys classic cars, from old Chevy Bel-Airs to Studebakers to Ford Fairlanes, a cruise around Cuba will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.
Category: History

Holden Vs Ford

Author : Steve Bedwell
ISBN : 9781459619906
Genre : Automobile racing
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Holden versus Ford, Ford versus Holden, Red versus Blue, Blue versus Red, even the order in which you say these two precious words marks you for life as to which side of the white line you drive on. Going straight to the heart of what it means to be Australian, this book is a must-have addition to any Ford or Holden lovers bookshelf. Loyalty, faith, competition, love is expressed through two brands of motor car. Never before has this nation-dividing topic been faced head on, and written about in such a detailed and humorous way. Some highlights: Comprehensive history of Ford and Holden research and development in Australia. Extensive lists of all the Ford and Holden models released since the beginning of the twentieth century. The panel van craze that rocked the nation during the 1970s. The Great Race at Philip Island, Mt Panorama and the glory days of Ford versus Holden racing victories. A compendium of facts and trivia of all things Holden and Ford. Falling in love with a car of your dreams. With over 200 photos and great design! Holden v Ford is a full-throttle car book and the perfect Father's Day gift book.
Category: Automobile racing

The Fabulous 50 S

Author : Mary Sieber
ISBN : UOM:39076002386667
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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The 500 period automobile photos, publicity stills, advertisements, and billboards in "The Fabulous 50's" illustrate the human experience in American between 1950 and 1959. Fact-filled captions explain how the people, products and philosophies of the period took everyone from railroads to rocket ships.
Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Car Crash Culture

Author : M. Brottman
ISBN : 9781137093219
Genre : Social Science
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A morbidly fascinating and articulate collection of essays, this book explores the grim underside of America's cult of the automobile and the disturbing, frequently conspiratorial, speculations that arise whenever the car becomes the cause or the site of human death. Through analysis of fatal celebrity car accidents and other examples of death by automobile, as well as through personal memoir and forensic reports, cultural critics ponder our very human fascination with the car crash. Topics include the roles and experiences of passengers and bystanders, car crash conspiracy theories, the automobile as a site of murder, studies of car crash cinema, and psychological interpretations of the notion of the 'accident.' The book features original essays by such underground icons as Kenneth Anger and Adam Parfrey.
Category: Social Science

The Illustrated History Of The Rat Rod

Author : Steve Thaemert, Jr.
ISBN : 9781620082218
Genre : Transportation
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Defined by author and Rat Rod Magazine editor Steve Thaemert, Jr. as the “blue-collar hot rod,” a the term “rat rod” refers to a custom car built with creativity, ingenuity, and individuality. Less of a classic-car replica and more of an expression of the builder’s personality, “rat rodding” encompasses not just the vehicles but also the scene and the lifestyle ignited by this automotive hobby that’s catching on like wildfire. By the editor and senior writer of Rat Rod Magazine, the comprehensive publication for all things rat rod, The Illustrated History of Rat Rod takes you inside the culture to explore the beginnings, evolution, and rising popularity of the hobby. INSIDE THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF RAT ROD: •The beginnings of the rat-rod scene and early enthusiasts. •A look at the hot rods that spawned the rat-rod hobby and how the term “rat rod” was coined. •Rat Rod Magazine and its importance in defining and documenting the hobby as well as other media exposure that helped bring rat rodding into the public eye. •How rat rodding overcame opposition by detractors while gaining acceptance and supporters. •The annual Rat Rod Tour, including event results and anecdotes from attendees. •The clothes, attitudes, music, and styles that shape the rat rod culture. •A discussion of parts, building techniques, and safety practices typical of rat rodding. •A glossary of terminology unique to the rat rod hobby.
Category: Transportation

Fast Cars Clean Bodies

Author : Kristin Ross
ISBN : 0262680912
Genre : History
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Fast Cars, Clean Bodies examines the crucial decade from Dien Bien Phu to the mid-1960s when France shifted rapidly from an agrarian, insular, and empire-oriented society to a decolonized, Americanized, and fully industrial one. In this analysis of a startling cultural transformation Kristin Ross finds the contradictions of the period embedded in its various commodities and cultural artifacts -- automobiles, washing machines, women's magazines, film, popular fiction, even structuralism -- as well as in the practices that shape, determine, and delimit their uses. In each of the book's four chapters, a central object of mythical image is refracted across a range of discursive and material spaces: social and private, textual and cinematic, national and international. The automobile, the new cult of cleanliness in the capital and the colonies, the waning of Sartre and de Beauvoir as the couple of national attention, and the emergence of reshaped, functionalist masculinities (revolutionary, corporate, and structural) become the key elements in this prehistory of postmodernism in France. Modernization ideology, Ross argues, offered the promise of limitless, even timeless, development. By situating the rise of "end of history" ideologies within the context of France's transition into mass culture and consumption, Ross returns the touted timelessness of modernization to history. She shows how the realist fiction and film of the period, as well as the work of social theorists such as Barthes, Lefebvre, and Morin who began at the time to conceptualize "everyday life," laid bare the disruptions and the social costs of events. And she argues that the logic of the racism prevalent in France today, focused on the figure of the immigrant worker, is itself the outcome of the French state's embrace of capitalist modernization ideology in the 1950s and 1960s.
Category: History

Holden Vs Ford

Author : Steve Bedwell
ISBN : 1921295171
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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ROAD & MOTOR VEHICLES: GENERAL INTEREST. AUSTRALIAN. Going straight to the heart of what it means to be Australian, this book is a must-have addition to any Ford or Holden lover's bookshelf. Never before has this nation-dividing topic been faced head-on, and written about in such a detailed and humorous way.
Category: Sports & Recreation