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Wed April 17, 2013
Low Rider Culture on Display
Low rider cars aren’t the type of vehicles that drive by unnoticed. The low chrome rims, killer paint jobs, normally accompanied with a bumpin' sound system to go with it, sub woofers and hydraulics all grab attention of those it passes. These cars are often stigmatized as being related to gangsters, but on this Central Standard we learn about research that disputes that common misconception.
Ben Chappell, assistant professor of American studies at The University of Kansas, authored the book Lowrider Space: Aesthetics and politics of Mexican American Custom Cars. He shares his research from the book that explains the subculture of low-rider cars and how the customization of these vehicles becomes a form of personal expression for its owners.