This dissertation is a multi-methodological investigation of a lifestyle community and its members' relationships to material culture, to each other, and to the wider institutional context of contemporary society. I conducted ethnographic research for three years as a participant-observer in the Indiana Four-Wheel Drive Association and its member clubs. I also conducted formal interviews and distributed a survey to members of the Association. Additionally, I analyzed relevant print media and internet discussion forums, and collected visual data in the form of photographs of my participants, their vehicles, and the events I attended.But now wea#39;ve advanced to building rock buggies, installing lift kits and fabricating on-board air from an old air conditioner. We can no longer get by with a 99-cent bag of nuts and bolts from the hardware store and use our trusty pliers to installanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Jeep People: Identity, Consumption, and Culture in a Lifestyle Community|
|Author||:||Michael S. Rosenbaum|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|