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NATS 1840 Lecture 20: Lecture 20 - Summary

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York University
Natural Science
NATS 1840
Ian Slater

NATS 1840 Lecture 20 Resistance to Automobility Resistance to the car in post WWII America Post depression and war, carcentered recreation extremely popular Car a symbol of prosperity, regular transportation (for work) and escapism, motor of economy Elites criticized the culture of massconsumption and low taste, loss of risk and adventure, homogeneity of commercial services, separation from nature, traffic Aesthetics, chromeencrusted, finbedecked monsters Highpressure sales tactics and aggressive marketing Proauto sentiment cut across all class and political barriers Marxist critics: excesses of capitalist culture, distraction of workers Illicit sexuality, remote areas, roadside motels, the car as a site for sexual activity Cars portrayed in female terms, driving in masculine, sexual terms. Resistance to accident statistics Combination of car and driver: centaur in the 60s, later cyborg people feel free and equal as soon as they have their speed limit abolished, and horsepower replaces democratic conviction Automobiles acceptable risk of death, cars were a, sanctioned form of violence. In American Society one can injure and kill another person with an automobile at virtually no risk of physical reprisal. It is also a prime agent of risk taking in a society that still values risktaking, but does not provide many outlets. Safety was not seen as a selling point in 1950s Design features that posed greater risk were kept, senate hearings in the 1960s led to legislative changes Traffic accidents are now the leading cause of death (worldwide) among young people aged 10 to 24 The appeal of cars has been transnational and transpolitical
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