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Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Street GangsInside the Brotherhood: Some Theoretical Aspects of Group Dynamics in Biker Clubs

Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Street Gangs: Inside the Brotherhood: Some Theoretical Aspects of... [Previous studies have often referred to the outlaw biker club as a fraternity with security and solidarity functions. In this article, Grundvall highlights some other aspects that suggest that this type of bonding tends to reinforce introversion, secrecy, and a hostile attitude toward the outside world. While on the one hand, unbroken loyalty and ritual self-affirmations form strong ties and security, on the other, they also contribute to mimetic power struggles both within the group and against other biker clubs. Grundvall demonstrates how self-reinforcing processes within the group may create a system in which secrets must be preserved, betrayal must be avoided, and where the outside world seems increasingly intimidating. The conclusions are, in many respects, also relevant to street gangs and other groups in the margins of society.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Street GangsInside the Brotherhood: Some Theoretical Aspects of Group Dynamics in Biker Clubs

Editors: Kuldova, Tereza; Sánchez-Jankowski, Martín

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
ISBN
978-3-319-76119-0
Pages
205 –223
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76120-6_9
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Previous studies have often referred to the outlaw biker club as a fraternity with security and solidarity functions. In this article, Grundvall highlights some other aspects that suggest that this type of bonding tends to reinforce introversion, secrecy, and a hostile attitude toward the outside world. While on the one hand, unbroken loyalty and ritual self-affirmations form strong ties and security, on the other, they also contribute to mimetic power struggles both within the group and against other biker clubs. Grundvall demonstrates how self-reinforcing processes within the group may create a system in which secrets must be preserved, betrayal must be avoided, and where the outside world seems increasingly intimidating. The conclusions are, in many respects, also relevant to street gangs and other groups in the margins of society.]

Published: Apr 26, 2018

Keywords: Bicycle Club; Outlaw Biker; Mimetic Power; cohesionCohesion; policePolice

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