Auto Mechanics

Auto Mechanics

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The history of automobiles is not just the story of invention, manufacturing, and marketing; it is also a story of repair. Auto Mechanics opens the repair shop to historical studya€”for the first timea€”by tracing the emergence of a dirty, difficult, and important profession. Kevin L. Borg's study spans a century of automotive technologya€”from the horseless carriage of the late nineteenth century to the qcheck engineq light of the late twentieth. Drawing from a diverse body of source material, Borg explores how the mechanica€™s occupation formed and evolved within the context of broad American fault lines of class, race, and gender and how vocational education entwined these tensions around the mechanica€™s unique expertise. He further shows how aspects of the consumer rights and environmental movements, as well as the design of automotive electronics, reflected and challenged the social identity and expertise of the mechanic. In the history of the American auto mechanic, Borg finds the origins of a persistent anxiety that even today accompanies the prospect of taking one's car in for repair. -- Kathleen FranzTen percent of the small shops paid salary plus commission (either on parts or labor or on both). ... Large-volume dealers selling 750 to 999 cars per year paid flat rate 79 percent of the time, hourly 17 percent, straight salary 3 percent, ... It penalized experienced mechanics for taking the time to guide younger mechanics.

Title:Auto Mechanics
Author: Kevin L. Borg
Publisher:JHU Press - 2010-05-01

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