[Paleopsych] International Journal of Motorcycle Studies
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Wed Apr 20 23:05:54 UTC 2005
Well, this is not really science--motorcyclists are not, generally
paragons of scientific virtue, *except* when keeping their bikes in good
repair!--but they are a significant subculture and hence a fit subject for
scientists to study. I'm surprised that this is the first journal to focus
End of ten articles today.
A glance at the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies: Getting serious
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Magazine & journal reader
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
A new publication on motorcycle studies has hit the information
highway. The online-only journal, which is aimed at scholars and
motorcycle enthusiasts, will be published three times a year.
Its inaugural issue includes articles on the iconography of the 1950s
biker, motorcycle clubs in Britain between the two world wars, and
American off-road motorcycle culture in the 1970s.
The journal's managing editors are Suzanne Ferriss, a professor of
English at Nova Southeastern University, who rides a 2005 Yamaha FZ1,
and Wendy Moon, an assistant lecturer at the University of Southern
California, who rides a 1999 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883.
For Ms. Ferriss, "the motorcycle's cultural significance is tied up
with complex issues of history, consumerism, psychology, design,
aesthetics, gender, and sexuality," she writes, in a section of the
journal called "Why Motorcycle Studies?" She says she is "particularly
intrigued by the ways in which motorcycling culture has either
reinforced or subverted traditional assumptions about masculinity and
Ms. Moon writes that although some scholars "may find motorcycles to
be too déclassé for serious study," motorcycle culture provides
valuable insight into how subcultures work and their role in a larger
society. "Subcultures," she says, "safeguard and preserve historically
important -- though perhaps not currently prized -- values and keep
them 'in the mix.'"
The journal is available online at http://ijms.nova.edu
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