Suzanne McDonald-Walker's Bikers: Culture, Politics & Power PDF

By Suzanne McDonald-Walker

ISBN-10: 0585435979

ISBN-13: 9780585435978

ISBN-10: 1859733514

ISBN-13: 9781859733516

From The Wild Ones to effortless Rider, the motorbike has infected the imaginations of the media and most of the people alike. Marlon Brando, wearing leather-based jacket, denims, and moody glare, turned a cultural icon summing up 'the highway' in all its maverick glory. yet does the parable of the renegade bicycle owner, an outcast from mainstream society who takes to the line in pursuit of freedom, correlate with truth in any significant means? Who rather rides bikes and why? What are the executive issues of motorcyclists and the way are those represented and contested within the political sphere?This e-book, in accordance with vast fieldwork among bikers and the bikers' rights circulate, overturns the ingrained prejudice that equates bikers with deviancy and explodes the myths emphasizing the rebellious and dysfuntional points of cycling. in its place, the writer specializes in what cycling capacity to these concerned - the rewards, the hazards, the addictiveness, but in addition the stigma and assaults at the cycling way of life. in line with the detrimental imagery surrounding bikers and starting to be legislative threats from Europe, bikers' rights institutions advanced among the Sixties and Eighties within the united kingdom and Europe. the writer discusses the goals and achievements of those lobbies, and the way forward for motorcycling extra often because it turns into trendy as a middle-aged, middle-class pursuit.

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Or they don’t want to fit into the crowd’. It is in this sense that we can understand Rutherford’s comment that difference, otherness, is sought for ‘its exoticism and the pleasures, thrills and adventures it can offer’ (1990:11). This individualism may also be seen as connecting with another quality that riders view positively in that, as the one man states, they ‘want to be different, and that can be interpreted as rebellious’. Another rider maintains, ‘there’s got to be, among motorcyclists, or at least some of them, the underlying hooligan, rebel trend as well.

Nor is it to argue that the stereotype did not exist in real life. One national official from the British Motorcyclists’ Federation (BMF) recalls the 1970s and early 1980s: I wore the dirtiest, filthiest, rancid-ist jeans you could ever think of. My leather would walk around on its own almost. My hair was as long as it now, and I had a massive, great, long beard, and I wasn’t very clean and this sort of thing. All of my mates were like that. Really, really, rebellious. They didn’t want to be rockers – they were smart, with their shiny studs and badges, with their nice quiff and their shiny Triton – they didn’t want to be like that.

And she just went, ‘Oh, really? Oh, thank you! ’ And she was so completely stunned, I mean, she was so worried to begin with, and then she had a really nice, polite, friendly involvement, and I think she was partially relieved. And you think, ‘Well, you don’t have to look terrified at me, dear. I’m just riding a motorcycle. ’ Yet, more strongly, for some riders there is a considerable indignation at the discrimination bikers face, and a feeling of injustice at stigmatisation. Like members of other social and political movements, a feeling of exclusion from ‘normal’ treatment and a desire to be treated ‘normally’ can generate aspirations for change, that a group may ‘struggle to .

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