The fierce commitment to 1% motorcycle clubs

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One per cent motorcycle clubs provide opportunities for members to oppose mainstream establishments that are perceived as suppressing their individuality. The purpose of this paper is not to portray the 1% motorcycle club as a security threat, but to explain the personal significance of membership. Through discussing membership through a social identity theory framework the club is recognised as an essential part of a member’s identity. The intense commitment ensures members will go to great lengths to protect, or enhance, their club and it is this fierce commitment, combined with their growing skill sets, that makes 1% motorcycle clubs of interest to alternative movements and law enforcement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2016


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