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Masculine scripting and the mythology of motorcycling

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by M Rofe, Hilary Winchester
Participant observation and interviews with bikers on the Old Roadnorth of Sydney demonstrate that the performance of a motorcyclingidentity is related to naturalised discourses of masculinity. Themythological scripting of motorcycling masculinity is reinforcedthrough the motorcycling media and the socialisation and initiationof young riders. The myths that are enacted are essentially myths ofmastery, predominantly over self and machine, but by extension overnature, women and homosexual masculinities. We argue that thenon–conforming behaviour of motorcyclists reflects not class–basedalienation and resistance to authority but the performance of motorcyclingmythologies based on aggressive masculinity.

History

Volume

7

Issue

1-2

Start Page

161

End Page

179

Number of Pages

19

ISSN

1325-1848

Location

Newcastle, NSW

Publisher

University of Newcastle

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Newcastle;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies: JIGS.

Exports

CQUniversity

Keywords

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