ISBN-10:
1628929138
ISBN-13:
9781628929133
Pub. Date:
02/03/2015
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN-10:
1628929138
ISBN-13:
9781628929133
Pub. Date:
02/03/2015
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Driver's License

Driver's License

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Overview

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

A classic teenage fetish object, the American driver’s license has long symbolized freedom and mobility in a nation whose design assumes car travel and whose vastness rivals continents. It is youth’s pass to regulated vice—cigarettes, bars, tattoo parlors, casinos, strip joints, music venues, guns. In its more recent history, the license has become increasingly associated with freedom’s flipside: screening. The airport’s heightened security checkpoint. Controversial ID voting laws. Federally mandated, anti-terrorist driver’s license re-designs. The driver’s license encapsulates the contradictory values and practices of contemporary American culture—freedom and security, mobility and checkpoints, self-definition and standardization, democracy and exclusion, superficiality and intimacy, the stable self and the self in flux.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.



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ISBN-13: 9781628929133
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Object Lessons
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 935,091
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Meredith Castile is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, USA, and is an ongoing contributor of articles and book reviews for The Vienna Review.

Table of Contents

America

Fake

Design

Teen

Identity

Civics

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