Driver's License - Object Lessons (Paperback)Meredith Castile (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 147 g
Dimensions: 165 x 121 x 15 mm
In Driver's License, Meredith Castile... draws six lessons: on national identity, on the culture of faked documents, on design, teen culture, identity, and civics. -- Julian Yates * Los Angeles Review of Books *
Driver's License is almost two short books in one. One part contains several personal stories, which evoke the much-mythologized independence of American teenagers now free to drive themselves. The other part becomes, like Hood, a condemnation of racial injustice. This section describes the de facto disenfranchisement of minority groups in the U.S. It explains how this disenfranchisement - not only when it comes to voting, but also for accessing basic social services - depends on the bureaucratic mechanics of the driver's license and other forms of ID. Being undocumented or unable to afford driving lessons are just two of the obstacles to exercising full citizenship, and Driver's License takes some interesting left turns to arrive at this message. Verdict: Buy. American culture so heavily fetishizes the car, yet the driver's license is also hugely important to a sense of identity and possibility. * Book Riot *
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