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By Kevin L. Borg

The historical past of cars 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 grimy, tricky, and significant profession.

Kevin L. Borg's examine spans a century of car technology―from the horseless carriage of the overdue 19th century to the "check engine" mild of the overdue 20th. Drawing from a various physique of resource fabric, Borg explores how the mechanic’s profession shaped and advanced 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 distinct services. He additional indicates how facets of the shopper rights and environmental pursuits, in addition to the layout of car electronics, mirrored and challenged the social identification and services of the mechanic.

In the background of the yank car mechanic, Borg reveals the origins of a continual nervousness that even at the present time accompanies the possibility of taking one's vehicle in for repair.

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