By Kevin L. Borg
The historical past of autos is not only the tale of invention, production, and advertising; it's also a narrative of fix. Auto Mechanics opens the fix store to historic study―for the 1st time―by tracing the emergence of a filthy, tough, and demanding profession.
Kevin L. Borg's research spans a century of automobile technology―from the horseless carriage of the past due 19th century to the "check engine" gentle of the overdue 20th. Drawing from a various physique of resource fabric, Borg explores how the mechanic’s profession shaped and developed in the context of wide American fault strains of sophistication, race, and gender and the way vocational schooling entwined those tensions round the mechanic’s specified services. He additional indicates how features of the shopper rights and environmental routine, in addition to the layout of automobile electronics, mirrored and challenged the social id and services of the mechanic.
In the historical past of the yank vehicle mechanic, Borg unearths the origins of a chronic nervousness that even this day accompanies the possibility of taking one's motor vehicle in for repair.
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Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth-Century America (Studies in Industry and Society) by Kevin L. Borg