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Pseudo-Deviance and The “New Biker” Subculture: Hogs, Blogs, Leathers, and Lattes

Pseudo-Deviance and The “New Biker” Subculture: Hogs, Blogs, Leathers, and Lattes This article explores the pseudo-deviant world of the “new biker” subculture, comparing and contrasting it to previous research on “outlaw bikers.” Using participant observation and ethnographic interviews, the author uses a symbolic interactionist perspective to describe and analyze how and why contemporary “bikers,” many of whom are well-educated middle- and upper middle-class professionals, use the symbols of outlaw bikers and earlier motorcycle gangs to perpetuate an image of pseudo-deviance in the “new biker” subculture. Although the “new biker” subculture is markedly different than the “outlaw biker” subculture of the past, many similar characteristics persist. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Deviant Behavior Taylor & Francis

Pseudo-Deviance and The “New Biker” Subculture: Hogs, Blogs, Leathers, and Lattes

Deviant Behavior , Volume 30 (1): 26 – Nov 26, 2008
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1521-0456
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0163-9625
DOI
10.1080/01639620802050098
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Abstract

This article explores the pseudo-deviant world of the “new biker” subculture, comparing and contrasting it to previous research on “outlaw bikers.” Using participant observation and ethnographic interviews, the author uses a symbolic interactionist perspective to describe and analyze how and why contemporary “bikers,” many of whom are well-educated middle- and upper middle-class professionals, use the symbols of outlaw bikers and earlier motorcycle gangs to perpetuate an image of pseudo-deviance in the “new biker” subculture. Although the “new biker” subculture is markedly different than the “outlaw biker” subculture of the past, many similar characteristics persist.

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Deviant BehaviorTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 26, 2008

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