Auto-Opium: A Social History of American Automobile Design

Auto-Opium: A Social History of American Automobile Design

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by David Gartman, Gartman David
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415105714

ISBN-13: 9780415105712

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This much needed book is the first to provide a comprehensive history of the profession and aesthetics of American automobile design. The author reveals how the appearance of the automobile was shaped by the social conflicts arising from America's mass production system. He connects the social struggles of American society with the organizational struggles of

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This much needed book is the first to provide a comprehensive history of the profession and aesthetics of American automobile design. The author reveals how the appearance of the automobile was shaped by the social conflicts arising from America's mass production system. He connects the social struggles of American society with the organizational struggles of designers to create symbol-laden substitutes for the American dream. Theoretically sophisticated, lucid and compelling, Auto-Opium will appeal to all interested in the American obsession with the car.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415105712
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations (21) Preface 1. The Aesthetics of Fordism 2. Early Development of the Automotive Form 3. Diverging Paths of Design: Mass and Class Production 4. The Struggle for Styling, 1: The Twenties and the Birth of Automobile Styling 5. The Struggle for Styling, 2: The Depression and the Decade of Streamlining 6. Fifties Fins and the Triumph of Fantastic Styling 7. The Rise and Fall of Auto Individuality Epilogue. Design in the Wake of Fordism Notes

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