Race, Taste, Class and Cars

Race, Taste, Class and Cars Culture, Meaning and Identity - 21st Century Standpoints

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Love them or hate them, most of us have an opinion about cars. If not the cars themselves, then it's driver competence and behaviour that can offend us. And then there's modification: alloy wheels, custom audio systems and bespoke paint jobs. For some, changing the look, feel and sound of a car says something about themselves, but for others, such enhancements signify a lack of taste, or even criminality. In subtle and complex ways, cars transmit and modify our identities behind the wheel. As a symbol of independence and freedom, the car projects status, class, taste and, significantly, embeds racialisation. Using fascinating research from drivers, including first-person accounts as well as exploring hip-hop music and car-related TV shows, Alam unpicks the ways in which identity is rehearsed, enhanced, interpreted.

Book information

ISBN: 9781447353478
Publisher: Policy Press
Imprint: Policy Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 303.4832
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 266g
Height: 137mm
Width: 214mm
Spine width: 20mm