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Auto mechanics : technology and expertise in twentieth-century America

Author: Kevin L Borg
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010, ©2007.
Series: Studies in industry and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Johns Hopkins pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Auto Mechanics opens the repair shop to historical study--for the first time--by tracing the emergence of a dirty, difficult, and important profession.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin L Borg
ISBN: 0801894859 9780801894855
OCLC Number: 499451078
Notes: Developed from author's dissertation for the Hagley Program in the History of Industrialization, University of Delaware.
Originally published: 2007.
Description: viii, 249 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: The problem with chauffeur-mechanics --
Ad hoc mechanics --
Creating new mechanics --
The automobile in public education --
Tinkering with sociotechnical hierarchies --
Suburban paradox : maintaining automobility in the postwar decades --
"Check engine" : technology of distrust.
Series Title: Studies in industry and society.
Responsibility: Kevin L. Borg.

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In the history of the American auto mechanic, Borg finds the origins of a persistent anxiety that even today accompanies the prospect of taking one's car in for repair.  Read more...

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Auto Mechanics provides a superbly researched, engaging look into the profession that's near and dear to us all. -- John Lypen * Motor Magazine * Borg's own work in the repair shop infuses the study Read more...

 
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