Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs as organized crime bodies are considered to be the single most serious threat to North America—the enemy within. Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs have been deemed “criminals without borders”—they are known and feared the world over. Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs close their world to the outside; their members tend to be highly suspicious of outsiders, and they are extremely concerned about being infiltrated by undercover police officers. The members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs do not want to be studied and, consequently, refuse to engage in formal interviews, fill out questionnaires, or have any statements tape-recorded. There is a rigid code of silence that cloaks their world in secrecy—the punishment for breaking this code is death. Nonetheless, there are literally hundred of works written on the outlaw biker subculture. Many of these works are polarized between two extremes, being pro-biker or anti-biker. Myth, legend, and reality overlap in the history of the outlaw biker.
A researcher needs to become completely familiar with the topic they are investigating. This means seeking out, obtaining, and then reading as much as possible. The literature on your topic under investigation will be made up of many different kinds of sources, including scholarly literature, popular literature, newspaper articles, and magazine articles. Until now there has only been one attempt to compile a comprehensive literature search of the diverse sources on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. That attempt, published in 1996, was a valuable addition to the literature and an excellent source for those studying the outlaw biker subculture; however, it is out-of-date and did not include many sources.
Breaking the Outlaw Biker Code of Silence: A Comprehensive Literature Search on the Outlaw Biker Subculture fills in the gaps and provides one of the most comprehensive compilations of sources on the outlaw biker phenomenon. This literature search is unique because it includes sources written by academics, law enforcement officials, former and current outlaw bikers, females associates, authors of popular literature, and journalists. The dissemination of the literature is important because the purpose of research is to contribute in some way to our understanding of the outlaw bilker subculture. Of course, this cannot be done if information is not shared. Each chapter features a detailed bibliography of sources in that category. The sources in this book are organized in a manner that attempts to make the bibliography a user friendly tool for a variety of possible readers ranging from academic researchers and students, journalists, authors of popular literature, lawyers, judges, law enforcement personnel, members of the outlaw biker subculture, and members of the general public.
Katz has long been interested in understanding the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang subculture and her research dates back 26 years. Katz has received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Criminology, and a Master’s of Law specializing in Criminal Law. Katz has earned the reputation of the “data hound” because of her unique abilities to track down even the most obscure primary and secondary data. “This work by Karen Katz, a researcher with impeccable academic credentials and a 26-year interest and study of the Outlaw biker subculture, is greatly needed and will make a valuable contribution to the literature,” writes Thomas Barker, professor of Criminal Justice & Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. “If there is a publication or source on outlaw bikers, Karen Katz has already found it or will find it.” Katz is the author of several other books related to the outlaw biker subculture, including Behind the Patch: Towards an Understanding of Public Safety and Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs; Devilz Dollz: The Secret World of Outlaw Biker Women, and Gangsterism: Canada’s Law of Criminal Organizations.
Breaking the Outlaw Biker Code of Silence: A Comprehensive Literature Search on the Outlaw Biker Subculture
ISBN: 978-145750-216-3 176 pages $29.99 US
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