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Motorsports and American culture : from demolition derbies to NASCAR

Author: Mark D Howell
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mark D. Howell and John D. Miller bring together essays that examine the relevancy of motorsports to American culture and history, from the late nineteenth century to the present. Addressing a wide spectrum of motorsports--such as stock car racing, demolition derbies, land speed record pursuits, and even staged train wrecks--the essays highlight the social and cultural implications of contemporary and historical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Motorsports and American culture.
Lanham [MD] : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
(OCoLC)878144968
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark D Howell
ISBN: 9781442230965 1442230967
OCLC Number: 865536815
Description: xxi, 219 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The NASCAR paradox / James Wright --
Automobile racing and the American hot rod / David N. Lucsko --
Speed and destruction at the fair / Emily Godbey --
Creative destruction: the demolition derby / Susan Falls --
"What is your racket, brother?": Bootleggers, respectable Atlanta, Bill France, and the birth of NASCAR / Dan Pierce --
"Running with the big dogs": the rhetoric of fan identity in a postmodern NASCAR / Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder --
Just a good ol' gal: pioneer racer Louise Smith / Martha Kreszock, Suzanne Wise, and Margaret Freeman --
"Anything but a novelty": women, girls, and Friday night drag racing / John Edwin Mason --
"Way tight" or "wicked loose"?: Reading NASCAR's masculinities / Patricia Lee Yongue --
The spectacle of NASCAR: rationalized and enchanted by sponsors / Jaime Noble Gassmann --
Barney Oldfield: daredevil demon of speed and the first multimedia superstar / Lisa Napoli --
The fastest cars in the world / Ronald Shook.
Responsibility: edited by Mark D. Howell, John D. Miller.

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Mark D. Howell and John D. Miller bring together essays that examine the relevancy of motorsports to American culture and history, from the late nineteenth century to the present. Addressing a wide spectrum of motorsports--such as stock car racing, demolition derbies, land speed record pursuits, and even staged train wrecks--the essays highlight the social and cultural implications of contemporary and historical moments in these sports. Topics covered include gender roles in motorsports, hot rods and the creation of fan and participant identities, the appeal of demolition derbies, the globalization of motorsports, the role of moonshine in stock car history, the economic relationship between NASCAR and its corporate sponsors, and more.

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Howell and Miller have brought together a wide array of individuals with disparate backgrounds and interests. The volume asks the question of whether US motor-sport culture is unique (as compared to Read more...

 
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