Much like rap music and ethnic foods, Chicano lowrider culture has become sufficiently widespread in recent decades to almost be considered "mainstream." However, those outside of lowriding may not realize that this cultural phenomenon is not the result of a recent fad—it originated in the pre–World War II era, and has continued to grow and evolve since then.
Lowriders in Chicano Culture: From Low to Slow to Show allows readers to see how this expressive culture fits within the broader context of Chicano culture and understand how lowriding reflects the social, artistic, and political dimensions of America's fastest-growing ethnic group. It includes chapters that explain the culture of pachucas/os and cholas/os; the unique aesthetics of lowrider vehicles; lowrider music, shows, and clubs; the mechanics of building a lowrider vehicle; and lowrider culture in the media including film, newspapers, and television. The book also traces how lowrider culture has recently expanded beyond the urban streets and into the massive exhibit halls of lowrider shows, exposing lowrider culture to even more enthusiasts.
ABC-CLIO; July 2011
- ISBN 9780313381508
- Read online, or download in secure PDF format
- Title: Lowriders in Chicano Culture: From Low to Slow to Show
- Author: Charles Tatum
In The Press
"The author addresses a whole host of invaluable social science and Chicano studies issues and topics, and does so with particularly critical and astute observations pertaining to both Chicanos and Chicanas and the broader history and heritage of the US Southwest. In this latter sense, Tatum has succeeded in producing a classic treatment of one of the most iconic symbols of the Chicano cultural tradition. Summing up: Highly recommended." - Choice
About The Author
Charles M. Tatum is professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.