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Motorcyclists' Interpretation of Risk and Hazard


Natalier, KA, Motorcyclists' Interpretation of Risk and Hazard, Journal of Sociology, 37, (1) pp. 65-80. ISSN 0004-8690 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/144078301128756201


Injury and death rates mark motorcycling as a hazardous activity. However, this article argues that such indicators of risk have little resonance for those who ride motorcycles. Central to motorcyclists' understandings of their pursuit is the celebration of technique and a belief in the ability to control their riding experiences. The importance of the lived experience of riding encourages motorcyclists to marginalize expert systems of knowledge in favour of their own practical experience. Through these processes, the potential of injury and death are downplayed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Natalier, KA (Dr Kristin Natalier)
ID Code:26729
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2003-08-18
Last Modified:2003-08-18

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