'I Wanna' be "MotoGP": Resistant Coding, Hyper-Masculinity and Motorcycle Youth Culture

Stephen L. Muzzatti, Ryerson University

Conventional criminological constructions of young male sportbike riders often code them within one of several "delinquent subculture" models. Rather than reproduce this highly problematic discourse, this paper is a critical ethnography of young motorocycle (sportbike) enthusiasts which details the author's participant observation of the young tribe and explores themes/issues salient not only to the street participants (commodities, regulation and control, contested meanings, "ownership", knowledge and street-capital) but as well to the body of literature loosely known as cultural criminology.

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