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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 colors. 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 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

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xi
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  1. Part 1. History and Structure
  2. p. 1
  1. Introduction: The Love Run
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 1. “Teach the Children Well . . .”
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. 2. Harley Culture: An Emerging Community
  2. pp. 13-18
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  1. 3. The Early Years
  2. pp. 19-33
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  1. 4. Movers and Shakers: Some Key Players
  2. pp. 34-58
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  1. Part 2. Cultural Analysis
  2. p. 59
  1. 5. Enter the Culture
  2. pp. 61-87
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  1. 6. Women Jamming the Wind
  2. pp. 88-133
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  1. 7. Sex and Gender
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. 8. Rites of Passage
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. 9. Family Portraits in Duplicate
  2. pp. 167-178
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  1. 10. Hanging with the Clubs
  2. pp. 179-191
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  1. 11. Bike Lust
  2. pp. 192-201
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  1. 12. NFGs: The New and the Old
  2. pp. 202-208
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  1. Part 3. Jamming the Wind
  2. p. 209
  1. 13. An Intimate Account of the Redwood Run: Our First Year
  2. pp. 211-220
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  1. 14. The Pit: Layered and Loud
  2. pp. 221-225
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  1. 15. The “Wetwood” Run: Frigid and Freezing
  2. pp. 226-230
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  1. 16. Redwood Run Rerun: Heat, Harleys, and Havoc
  2. pp. 231-237
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  1. Part 4. Polemics and Philosophy
  2. p. 239
  1. 17. Bikers’ Dirty Little Open Secret: The Racism Rap
  2. pp. 241-256
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 259-261
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  1. References
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-271
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299173531
Print ISBN
9780299173548
MARC Record
OCLC
606615389
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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