Bike Lust : Harleys, Women, & American Society


Bike Lust : Harleys, Women, & American Society

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 271 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780299173548
  • DDC分類 306.481

Full Description

"Bike Lust" roars straight into the world of women bikers and offers us a ride. In this adventure story that is also an insider's study of an American subculture, Barbara Joans enters as a passenger on the back of a bike, but soon learns to ride her own. As an anthropologist she untangles the rules, rituals and rites of passage of the biker culture. As a new member of that culture, she struggles to overcome fear, physical weakness and a tendency to shoot her mouth off - a tendency that very nearly gets her killed. "Bike Lust" travels a landscape of contradictions. Outlaws still chase freedom on the highway, but so do thousands of riders of all classes, races and colours. Joans introduces us to the women who ride the rear - the biker chick, the calendar slut straddling the hot engine, the back-seat Betty at the latest rally, or the underage groupie at the local run. But she also gives us the first close look at women who ride in their own right, on their own bikes, as well as a new understanding of the changing world of male bikers. These are ordinary women's lives made extraordinary, adding a dimension of courage to the sport not experienced by males, risking life and limb for a glimpse of the very edge of existence. This community of riders exists as a primal tribute to humanity's lust for freedom.

Table of Contents

        Illustrations                              ix
Preface xi
Part 1. History and Structure
Introduction: The Love Run 3 (4)
``Teach the Children Well...'' 7 (6)
Harley Culture: An Emerging Community 13 (6)
The Early Years 19 (15)
Movers and Shakers: Some Key Players 34 (27)
Part 2. Cultural Analysis
Enter the Culture 61 (27)
Women Jamming the Wind 88 (46)
Sex and Gender 134(17)
Rites of Passage 151(16)
Family Portraits in Duplicate 167(12)
Hanging with the Clubs 179(13)
Bike Lust 192(10)
NFGs: The New and the Old 202(9)
Part 3. Jamming the Wind
An Intimate Account of the Redwood Run: Our 211(10)
First Year
The Pit: Layered and Loud 221(5)
The ``Wetwood'' Run: Frigid and Freezing 226(5)
Redwood Run Rerun: Heat, Harleys, and Havoc 231(10)
Part 4. Polemics and Philosophy
Bikers' Dirty Little Open Secret: The Racism 241(18)
Glossary 259(4)
References 263(2)
Index 265