Dueling Identities: The Christian Biker
Dueling Identities: The Christian Biker examines the emerging phenomena of Christian motorcycle ministries. Qualitative and exploratory in nature, Dueling Identities shines a spotlight onto a subculture that has thus far been un-researched by focusing on the Black Sheep Harley-Davidsons for Christ Motorcycle Ministry (BSHDFC). This research examines the contradictions facing the Christian biker in regard to the conflicting cultural norms and values within the "Christian" and "biker" communities. The Christian biker faces the contradiction of maintaining both the "bad boy" image and the "Christian" image. Seeking to unravel this contradiction, Doreen Anderson-Facile explores how the Christian biker identity is developed and maintained. This study is framed in identity theory which focuses on identity construction, commitment, salience and self -knowledge.
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As a "Christian Biker" i found this book unduly biased and slanted even though the author - in all good faith - attempted to write an expose study of a popular sub concentric social circle within a greater outer concentric circle, culture or society. Her immediate and ONLY point of reference is only ONE targeted group called Black Sheep MM. Bear in mind this is a Motorcycle MINISTRY..NOT an "MC which is a Motorcycle CLUB. Therein lies a world of difference between the two worlds. One (MM) seeks to preach "to the choir" so to speak and comfortably skirts the outer circle of motorcycle based ministry while not daring to ACTUALLY venture into the so called Belly Of The Beast. The other (MC) seeks to actually partake in, enter and exist WITHIN THE WORLD of its targeted population i.e "hard core Bikers". This volume study really isnt a fair objective based case study as it relies ONLY on ONE particular organization. I would submit to the author to next time approach a "real MC" in order to explore this so called phenomena of the" Christian Biker". There are many so different colored crayons in the coloring box...i would hope she would have had approached several more different ministry MC / MM's in order to get a fully seasoned and matured outlook and understanding of the bold horizon scattered with numerous different two wheeled ministries in order to warrant a published "case study"..-Wayne Middleton