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Paul E. Willis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163697

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163697.001.0001

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The Motor-Bike Boys

The Motor-Bike Boys

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(p.15) 2 The Motor-Bike Boys
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Profane Culture
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Paul E. Willis

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163697.003.0002

This chapter presents the politics and experiences of identity as exercised by the motor-bike boys. It first discusses the author's approach to studying the motor-bike boys' culture at large, by making contact with a motor-bike club in a large English city in 1969, thus producing an account based on general observation, conversations with individuals and groups, participation around the club, often with the group just described, and tape-recorded sessions. It then embarks on a more intimate examination of this particular culture. The world of the motor-bike boys was above all else concrete and unequivocal. They perceived it without ontological insecurity, without existential angst.

Keywords:   motor-bike boys, motor-bike club, identity, masculinity, mods, rock 'n' roll, pop music, bike culture

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