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Motorcycle Racing and Neo-Tribes at the Isle of Man


Dolles, H and Dibben, MR and Hardy, A, Motorcycle Racing and Neo-Tribes at the Isle of Man, Neo-tribes: Consumption, leisure and tourism, Palgrave Macmillan, A Hardy, A Bennett, and B Robards (ed), Cham, Switzerland, pp. 119-134. ISBN 978-3-319-68206-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-68207-5_8


The motorcycle road races held annually on the Isle of Man provide a suitable case for investigating a specific event, its spectators and its facilitators. Racing at the Isle of Man is labelled madness, yet participating and spectating are also reported to be about camaraderie, family and community experiences. The research is based upon observations and qualitative interviews with participants and facilitators of the Manx GP and Classic TT races. The research explores why motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the Isle of Man to be part of the Isle of Man motor sport culture. It also considers whether and to what extent the commercial, cultural and recreational success of the event is based upon neo-tribal rituals.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:neo-tribes, tourism, consumption, society
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Consumption and everyday life
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Dibben, MR (Associate Professor Mark Dibben)
UTAS Author:Hardy, A (Associate Professor Anne Hardy)
ID Code:125384
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Marketing
Deposited On:2018-04-16
Last Modified:2018-12-10

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