Generally speaking people are in it for the cycling and the beer: bicycle messengers, subculture and enjoyment

Fincham, Ben (2007) Generally speaking people are in it for the cycling and the beer: bicycle messengers, subculture and enjoyment. Sociological Review, 55 (2). pp. 189-202. ISSN 0038-0261

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Abstract

From a study comprising of interviews, ethnography and a survey, this paper examines the cultural affiliation of a group of workers in a dangerous and unconventional occupation bicycle couriering. Returning to the work of Howard Becker, this article examines cultural practices and sensibilities of bicycle couriers, principally in the UK. The idea of a distinct `courier culture is found to be important to couriers. The article also contributes to debates surrounding the concept of `subculture, arguing that it is still a relevant descriptive concept. Further, the role of enjoyment as a factor in the subcultural affiliation of bicycle messengers is examined.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Ben Fincham
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:41
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 14:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27483
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