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.”

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.

“It’s Different From Anywhere Else”

In G-Strings and Sympathy anthropologist Katherine Frank writes about the “regulars” in the clubs she worked in as a stripper. We have a chapter from her book for you: Searching for Escape.

Street Food

Penny De Los Santos says she explores and celebrates culture, history and community through the lens of food. Here’s a gallery of De Los Santos’ work.

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.

 

Graduate School

Set in a depraved and desperate Montreal underworld, here’s a pitiless and darkly comic exposé of a dope hungry intellectual who educates himself in the art of hustling access to the contents of pharmacy cabinets. We’re proud we’ve been allowed to share with our readers Paul Knobloch’s real gone piece of fictional autoethnography.

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Proposal to perfume within your region

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California’s long-standing association with odd-ball spirituality is a brilliant topic for a study. And since it is far from automatic that a brilliant topic results in a brilliant book, it’s a delight to see that writer Erik Davis and photographer Michael Rauner have succeeded so well in their undertaking.

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 …”

 
Record sleeve art: Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker Bird and Diz

Today we’re digging Bird and Diz by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

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