The Cultural Life Of The Automobile

Author: Guillermo Giucci
Editor: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292744552
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From its invention in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, the automobile crisscrossed the world, completely took over the cities, and became a feature of daily life. Considered basic to the American lifestyle, the car reflected individualism, pragmatism, comfort, and above all modernity. In Latin America, it served as a symbol of distinction, similar to jewelry or fine clothing. In The Cultural Life of the Automobile, Guillermo Giucci focuses on the automobile as an instrument of social change through its “kinetic modernity” and as an embodiment of the tremendous social impact of technology on cultural life. Material culture—how certain objects generate a wide array of cultural responses—has been the focus of much scholarly discussion in recent years. The automobile wrought major changes and inspired images in language, literature, and popular culture. Focusing primarily on Latin America but also covering the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa, Giucci examines how the automobile was variously adapted by different cultures and how its use shaped and changed social and economic relationships within them. At the same time, he shows how the “automobilization” of society became an essential support for the development of modern individualism, and the automobile its clearest material manifestation.
The Cultural Life of the Automobile
Language: en
Pages: 260
Authors: Guillermo Giucci
Categories: Transportation
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-05-24 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

From its invention in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, the automobile crisscrossed the world, completely took over the cities, and became a feature of daily life. Considered basic to the American lifestyle, the car reflected individualism, pragmatism, comfort, and above all modernity. In Latin America, it served
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Pages: 286
Authors: Ken McLeod
Categories: Music
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Pages: 260
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Language: en
Pages: 202
Authors: Arve Hansen, Kenneth Bo Nielsen
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-13 - Publisher: Routledge

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Auto Opium
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: David Gartman
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: Psychology Press

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