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How Outlaws Win Friends and Influence People

Authors: Kuldova, Tereza

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  • Asks why people join outlaw motorcycle clubs
  • Theorizes these gangs as transnational social phenomena, existing within a changing cultural, political and socio-economic context
  • Draws on an ethnographic study primarily in Europe and California
  • Sits at the boundary between social anthropology, criminology and critical studies
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This book asks a critical question for our times: why do an increasing number of people support, admire and aspire to be outlaws? Outlaw motorcycle clubs have grown, spread and matured. Popular culture glamorizes them; law enforcement agencies fight them and the media vilify them. Meanwhile, the outlaw bikers exploit the current cultural and economic climate to attract new members. How Outlaws Win Friends and Influence People argues that the growth of these anti-establishment groups under neoliberalism is not coincidental, but inevitable. The book asks a critical question for our times: why do people today, in increasing numbers, support, admire and aspire to be outlaws? What needs and desires do the clubs satisfy? How do they win support and influence? Answering this is crucial if we are to successfully fight the social harms caused by these groups, as well as the harms that underlie their proliferation. Unless we understand the cultural dynamic at play here, our fight against these organizations will always take the form of a battle against the mythological Hydra: when one head is cut off, two more grow.

“Tereza Kuldova is a rebel with a cause - her new book is a razor-sharp critique of stereotypical conceptions of the ‘outlaw biker’ and provides refreshing insights into their subjective life-worlds”​ - Daniel Briggs, author of the award-winning Dead-End Lives.

About the authors

Tereza Kuldova is a social anthropologist and Researcher at the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway. She is the author of Luxury Indian Fashion: A Social Critique (2016), editor of  Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs and Street Gangs: Scheming Legality, Resisting Criminalization (2018), and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology.

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“I recommend this book not only to scholars and to admirers of outlaws and bikers, but also to academics who are trying to comprehend and challenge the contemporary political ecology, and to activists who are seeking to improve their political repertoire and image. For bikers have a lot to teach the left.” (Christina Jerne, Crime Media Culture, July 29, 2019)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook 63,06 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-15206-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 77,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-15205-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Outlaws Win Friends and Influence People
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15206-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15206-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15205-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 214
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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