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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

The Motor-Bike

(p.69) 3 The Motor-Bike
Profane Culture

Paul E. Willis

Princeton University Press

This chapter assesses how the motor-bike both reflected and generated many of the central meanings of the bike culture. It is one of the main elements of the culture's stylistic make-up. In a general and unspecific way, it was clear that the motor-bike was one of the main interests of the motor-bike boys in the club under investigation. Most of their activities were based on this interest. A large part of conversation was devoted to the motor-cycle: discussing new models, comparing performance, or describing in detail how repair jobs were done. Here, the chapter argues that the motor-bike was not simply one object in a random collection of objects and activities that occupy the life-space of an underprivileged group, but possessed an expressive function which highlights a distinctive and meaningful construction of culture through modern technology.

Keywords:   motor-bike boys, bike culture, motor-bike, modern technology, mechanical skill, motor-cycle

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