The Automobile in American History and Culture: A Reference Guide

The Automobile in American History and Culture: A Reference Guide

The Automobile in American History and Culture: A Reference Guide

The Automobile in American History and Culture: A Reference Guide

Synopsis

This comprehensive reference guide reviews the literature concerning the impact of the automobile on American social, economic, and political history. Covering the complete history of the automobile to date, twelve chapters of bibliographic essays describe the important works in a series of related topics and provide broad thematic contexts. This work includes general histories of the automobile, the industry it spawned, and labor-management relations, as well as biographies of famous automotive personalities. Focusing on books concerned with various social aspects, chapters discuss such issues as the car's influence on family life, youth, women, the elderly, minorities, literature, and leisure and recreation. Berger has also included works that investigate the government's role in aiding and regulating the automobile, with sections on roads and highways, safety, and pollution. The guide concludes with an overview of reference works and periodicals in the field and a description of selected research collections.

Excerpt

The Automobile in American History and Culture is part of a Greenwood Press series designed to provide evaluative surveys of bibliographic material in selected aspects of American popular culture. Nonetheless, it should be complete enough to serve as a thorough introduction to the many dimensions of automotive studies, providing multiple starting points for novices and professionals alike who wish to do research on a given topic. Hopefully, even advanced scholars will find some material here with which they were previously unfamiliar. Since the majority of the works cited are of a scholarly nature and thus have footnotes and a bibliography, even a single item is capable of creating a multiplier effect.

Unlike bibliographic lists, which simply categorize works under subject headings, or annotated bibliographies, which follow a similar format but add some descriptive material immediately following the citation, this guide links together a multiple number of books in a sequence of narrative essays. Those essays not only explain the nature of an individual work but place it in a broader context within the field of American automotive studies. As such, this guide should be of assistance both in the conceptualization and in the completion of previously formulated research studies. In addition, those researchers who have an interest in a general area of automotive studies but have not yet settled on a specific topic should find this guide to be valuable. It provides a resource with which to examine the entire field and its structure before deciding which particular subject to investigate in depth. One of the advantages of this essay approach is that the chapters and the sections of which they are composed have a narrative integrity that allows them to be read either individually or as a portion of a larger overview of the field.

Besides providing an introduction to the literature in the field of automotive

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