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The Biker, the Myth and the Motorcycle

Conference contribution
Authors Stig Grundvall
Published in Extreme Masculinities, International Conference. Vienna: 28 september - 01 october
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Social Work
Language en
Links https://www.extreme-anthropology.co...
Keywords Biker, cultural meaning, sign, symbol, performance, myth, representation,
Subject categories Ethnography

Abstract

Bikers peripheral life is in some aspects a result from social processes leading to exclusion and social shortcomings, however, it is also an arena which may be charged and turned exciting. The aesthetic practice in the biker culture is versatile. The motorcycle – the object around which the whole culture rotates – is in this context something much more than just a means of conveyance. In this presentation, I will show how the biker interprets signs and symbols in cultural core objects such as the motorbike, back patches, tattoos and the American rebel flag. It is striking to see to what extent the use and interpretation of signs and symbols create symbolic masculine patterns that reinforce the established social order in the biker culture. Both the symbolic patterns and the social order that emerge, prove to be permeated by myths.

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