Stealing Cars: Technology and Society from the Model T to the Gran Torino

Stealing Cars: Technology and Society from the Model T to the Gran Torino


As early as 1910 american citizens well-known that vehicles have been effortless to scouse borrow and, as soon as stolen, difficult to discover, specially seeing that vehicles regarded a lot alike. version kinds and colours ultimately replaced, yet so did the technique of creating a stolen motor vehicle disappear. although altering license plates and serial numbers stay simple technique, thieves have created hugely subtle networks to disassemble stolen automobiles, distribute the components, and/or send the altered vehicles overseas. Stealing automobiles has develop into as technologically complicated because the vehicles themselves.

John A. Heitmann and Rebecca H. Morales’s research of car robbery and tradition examines quite a lot of comparable issues that comes with explanations and strategies, technological deterrents, position and house, institutional responses, overseas borders, and cultural reflections.

Only lately have students started to maneuver their concentration clear of the creators and brands of the car to its clients. Stealing Cars illustrates the ability of this method, because it goals at constructing a greater figuring out of where of the auto within the huge texture of yank lifestyles. there are numerous who're fascinated about points of motor vehicle historical past, yet many extra readers benefit from the subject of crime―motives, equipment, escaping seize, and naturally fixing the crime and bringing criminals to justice.

Stealing Cars brings jointly services from the historical past of know-how and cultural background in addition to urban making plans and transborder reviews to supply a compelling and designated paintings that increases questions referring to American priorities and values. Drawing on assets that come with interviews, govt files, patents, sociological and mental reports, magazines, monographs, scholarly periodicals, movie, fiction, and electronic gaming, Heitmann and Morales inform a narrative that highlights either human creativity and a few of the paradoxes of yankee life.

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