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Lowriders: Cruising the Color Line

Abstract This dissertation examines the use of color in lowrider car customizations. It studies the relationships among car owners, car painters, and car clubs in the process of selection, and manipulation of color. This research studies how color is constructed as an element for individual and community differentiation. Also included is the examination of the influence of car clubs in the design process, the understanding of color by car painters and car owners, and the cultural values associated with color in this community. This research argues that through the use, manipulation, and implementation of color as a visual/design element, lowriders challenge, transgress, and resist the preconceived notions of space, aesthetic hegemony, and social dis... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Calvo-Quiros, William A. (Author) / Giard, Jacques (Advisor) / Boradkar, Prasad (Committee member) / Foster, David William (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Design / Cultural Anthropology / Folklore / Alternative Epistemologies / Chicano / Color / Eurocentrism / Lowriders / Rasquache
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 351 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Environmental Design and Planning 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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