Lowrider Space: Aesthetics and Politics of Mexican American Custom Cars

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Ben Chappell

Year 2012
Pages 256
Publisher University of Texas Press
Language en
ISBN 9780292737860
File Size 27.37 MB
File Format PDF
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Aren’t lowriders always gangbangers? And, don’t they always hold high status in their neighborhoods? Contrary to both stereotypes, the people who build and drive lowrider cars perform diverse roles while mobilizing a distinctive aesthetic that is sometimes an act of resistance and sometimes of belonging. A fresh application of critical ethnographic methods, Lowrider Space looks beyond media portrayals, high-profile show cars, and famous cruising scenes to bring readers a realistic tour of the “ordinary” lowriders who turn streetscapes into stages on which dynamic identities can be performed.