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dc.contributor.advisor Douglas, William
dc.creator Jaenicke, Christina
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-19T13:48:06Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-19T13:48:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-19T13:48:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-19T13:48:08Z
dc.date.created 2011-12
dc.date.issued 2012-04-19
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10657/237
dc.description.abstract This interdisciplinary analysis of America’s car culture is looking at the contemporary cinematic depiction of the former vehicle of freedom given the increasing dissatisfaction among society that found its public expression in this year’s “Carmageddon”. By combining media and cultural research, this study tried to find out if movies acknowledge the entrapping reality cultural theorists point out. Furthermore, a detailed content analysis was supposed to offer cinematic indicators how this exceptional automotive love affair might end. The analysis of Falling Down (1993), Duets (2000), and Collateral (2004) revealed cultural phenomena such as road rage, America’s carscape causing sameness and dislocation, as well as isolation, passivity, and akinesia. The protagonists appear to realize the car’s physical and psychological impact on their life and they start to abandon the entrapping vehicle – an inspiring observation given America’s increasing efforts in terms of public and alternative transportation.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Media/Cultural Study
dc.subject American society
dc.subject cars and movies
dc.subject entrapping car culture
dc.subject automotive madmen
dc.title THE END OF THE ROAD? AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ANALYSIS OF AMERICA’S CAR CULTURE AND ITS CINEMATIC REFLECTION AROUND THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
dc.date.updated 2012-04-19T13:48:08Z
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thesis.degree.name Mass Communication Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Mass Communications
thesis.degree.grantor University of Houston
thesis.degree.department School of Communication
dc.contributor.committeeMember Olson, Beth
dc.contributor.committeeMember Wood, Barry A.

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