Ride to die: masculine honour and collective identity in the motorcycle underworld

Rahman, Mohammed and Lynes, Adam (2018) Ride to die: masculine honour and collective identity in the motorcycle underworld. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. ISSN 2056-3841

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the nature and extent of violent practice in the motorcycle underworld. It does this by considering the murder of Gerry Tobin, and then uses the biography of the founding member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club (HAMC) for a critical analysis. The authors are interested in understanding the role of masculine honour and collective identity, and its influences in relation to violence – namely, fatal violence in the motorcycle underworld. The authors argue that motorcycle gangs are extreme examples of what Hall (2012) considers “criminal undertakers” – individuals who take “special liberties” often as a last resort.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-05-2018-0017
1 October 2018Accepted
2 November 2018Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: organised crime; hitmen; collective identity; masculinity
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Adam Lynes
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 10:25
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:55
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6545

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