Dueling Identities: The Christian Biker

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Lexington Books, 2007 - Religion - 99 pages
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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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Contents

The Biker Culture
1
Theoretical Perspective
11
MethodologyAnalysis
21
Black Sheep The Organization
25
Members of Black Sheep
43
Becoming a Member of Black Sheep
59
Conclusion and Discussion
81
Selected Bibliography
91
Index
95
About the Author
99
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Doreen Anderson-Facile Doreen Anderson-Facile is assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology at California State University Bakersfield. Her research and teaching areas center on crime and deviance.

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