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The Resource Republic of drivers : a cultural history of automobility in America, Cotten Seiler

Republic of drivers : a cultural history of automobility in America, Cotten Seiler

Label
Republic of drivers : a cultural history of automobility in America
Title
Republic of drivers
Title remainder
a cultural history of automobility in America
Statement of responsibility
Cotten Seiler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Rising gas prices, sprawl and congestion, global warming, even obesity--driving is a factor in many of the most contentious issues of our time. So how did we get here? How did automobile use become so vital to the identity of Americans? Republic of Drivers looks back at the period between 1895 and 1961--from the founding of the first automobile factory in America to the creation of the Interstate Highway System--to find out how driving evolved into a crucial symbol of freedom and agency. Cotten Seiler combs through a vast number of historical, social scientific, philosophical, and literary sources to illustrate the importance of driving to modern American conceptions of the self and the social and political order. He finds that as the figure of the driver blurred into the figure of the citizen, automobility became a powerful resource for women, African Americans, and others seeking entry into the public sphere. And yet, he argues, the individualistic but anonymous act of driving has also monopolized our thinking about freedom and democracy, discouraging the crafting of a more sustainable way of life. As our fantasies of the open road turn into fears of a looming energy crisis, Seiler shows us just how we ended up a republic of drivers--and where we might be headed."--Back cover
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seiler, Cotten
Dewey number
303.48/320973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HE5623
LC item number
.S42 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Automobiles
  • National characteristics, American
  • Social values
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Republic of drivers : a cultural history of automobility in America, Cotten Seiler
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Automobility and American subjectivity -- Individualism, Taylorization, and the crisis of Republican selfhood -- Workmen's compensation, women's emancipation: the promise of automobility, 1895-1929 -- Crafting autonomous subjects: automobility and the cold war -- "So that we as a race might have something authentic to travel by": African American automobility and midcentury liberalism -- "How can the driver be remodeled?" : automobility and the liberal subject -- Conclusion: Automobility's futures
Control code
212010622
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 230 pages
Isbn
9780226745633
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008006413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)212010622
Label
Republic of drivers : a cultural history of automobility in America, Cotten Seiler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Automobility and American subjectivity -- Individualism, Taylorization, and the crisis of Republican selfhood -- Workmen's compensation, women's emancipation: the promise of automobility, 1895-1929 -- Crafting autonomous subjects: automobility and the cold war -- "So that we as a race might have something authentic to travel by": African American automobility and midcentury liberalism -- "How can the driver be remodeled?" : automobility and the liberal subject -- Conclusion: Automobility's futures
Control code
212010622
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 230 pages
Isbn
9780226745633
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008006413
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)212010622

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