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- DescriptionOur continued use of the combustion engine car in the 21st century, despite many rational arguments against it, makes it more and more difficult to imagine that transport has a sustainable future. Offering a sweeping transatlantic perspective, this book explains the current obsession with automobiles by delving deep into the motives of early car users. It provides a synthesis of our kwledge about the emergence and persistence of the car, using a broad range of material including vels, poems, films, and songs to unearth the desires that shaped our present car society. Combining social, psychological, and structural explanations, the author concludes that the ability of cars to convey transcendental experience, especially for men, explains our attachment to the vehicle.
- Author BiographyGijs Mom is a historian of technology and Associate Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. A literary historian turned automotive engineer, Mom is author of The Electric Vehicle: Technology and Expectations in the Automobile Age (Johns Hopkins 2004); founder of the International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T2M); and editor of Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies (Berghahn Books).
- Author(s)Gijs Mom
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication01/12/2014
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleExplorations in Mobility
- Series Part/Volume Number1
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Note37 ills, 3 tables
- Weight1188 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine41 mm
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