Lowrider car parked in garage. Water damage on the garage walls behind the car. Black and white poster showin Jim Morrison on garage wall, hung sideways. Some spraypainted black tag on the wall. Finger of photographer slightly covering camera lens.

Lowrider

Los Angeles, 2005. (The photo is not from the book referred to in the text to the right.)

Photo: Martin Høyem

 

Lowrider Space

We take a special interest in scientific works on outlaw aesthetics here at American Ethnography Quasimonthly. And we also love us some writing on car customization. Thus, when we heard about Ben Chappell’s Lowrider Space, a new publication from the University of Texas Press, we perked up: any academic hep cat who takes a look at lowriders is cool, calm, and a solid wig as far as we’re concerned.

Lowrider Space draws on Chappell’s participant observation fieldwork among car clubs in Austin, Texas. He describes how the lowrider culture creates a social space for its participants, and he points to the value of this space for a group of people who – because of their social status in the society they live in – are often denied access to other spaces.

It’s a cool piece of research, and we’re stoked to share with you an excerpt from the book. Here’s “Regulating Lowrider Space.”

Burlesque Poster Design

From the Folies Bergère to the retro-inspired scene of today, the finest, raunchiest, most teasing poster art from the world of burlesque.

The Perfect Whatever Drug

Anthropologist Michael Agar tries to describe what he calls, in an email to American Ethnography, “that first seductive dance with the drug, the song of the opiate siren, the early high times before biology takes over biography.” We have an excerpt from his book Dope Double Agent: The Naked Emperor on Drugs.

The Peyote Cult

We’ve dug out for you, Morris Edward Opler’s review of Weston La Barre’s The Peyote Cult from 1939.

Ethnography challenges false mythology of exotic dance adult entertainment

Anthropologist, educator, writer and dance critic Judith Lynne Hanna has been an expert court witness in cases related to freedom of speech and exotic dance in the United States, and in Ethnography Challenges False Mythology she analyzes how localities try to regulate striptease clubs out of business.

 

Snake Handling Religion

“This coal camp offers none of the modern types of amusement and many of the people attend the services of this church more for the mass excitement and emotionalism than because of belief in the tenets of this church.” See the gallery here

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Codex Nuttall is such an amazing piece of art. And an amazing piece of literature. And a super-awesome piece of cultural history. One guy’s name is 12 Earthquake Bloody Tiger for God’s sake – that’s the coolest name ever!

So we went looking – deep down into dusty archives – to see what we could find on this jewel. In a 1902 issue of American Anthropologist we found a review of Peabody Museum’s reproduction of the Codex Nuttall: Facsimile of an Ancient Mexican Codex Belonging to Lord Zouche of Harynworth, England.

What’s all this, then?
Black and white pen drawing of car interior with chain steering wheel.

American Ethnography is a stranger in a 1972 Riviera, sunburst yellow banged up and dirty, raving coffee madness cruising Main Street of the quiet desert town at 15 miles an hour …”

 
 
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