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Thursday, July 5, 2018

UNDERSTANDING THE OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS

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Hot off the press. In addition to all the self-proclaimed OMG experts, academia is now offering their own "perspectives" on understanding outlaw motorcycle clubs.
We in the motorcycle community need to certify our own OMC experts to counter BS "expert" testimony in court.
The link below provide a glimpse of the book from the "Forward" section.
http://www.cap-press.com/pdf/9781611638288.pdf
Foreword
Scott Decker, PhD: Foundation Professor of Criminology &
Criminal Justice, Arizona State University
While there is a public fascination with motorcycle gangs, there has been a
dearth of academic attention to the topic. Public fascination extends from the
involvement of Hells Angels during the Altamont Speedway Free Festival in
1969 to the public celebrity of Sonny Barger. Barger is a founding member of
the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Oakland, California. Barger has been the
subject of numerous books and movies and at one time taught sociology within
the California State University system. As recently as 2015, Yavapai, Arizona,
hosted a Poker Run in Barger’s honor, despite no apparent local connection.
Hells Angels boasts over 200 chapters worldwide, representing six continents,
with 10 new chapters becoming active in 2016 (and counting).
Andy Bain and Mark Lauchs provide a useful tonic for this circumstance in
their edited volume,
Understanding the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: International
Perspectives
. This new edited volume includes information about outlaw mo-
torcycle gangs in the Americas, Germany, the Netherlands, the United King-
dom, Spain, the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition, this book
provides a look at many of the fads that pervade the world of the outlaw mo-
torcycle gang. This book concludes with a chapter that examines various strate-
gies and recommendations for policing such groups.
This book is welcome at this time for a variety of reasons. There is grow-
ing recognition that offending in groups defines the modal categories of most
crimes (Paoli, 2015; Schaefer, Rodriguez, & Decker, 2014; Decker & Pyrooz,
2013; 2014). It is particularly the case that crimes with an international con-
text involve groups. This is true of street gangs, drug smuggling groups, organized
crime, white collar crime, and human trafficking. The reasons for such group
behavior are many and worth noting, as they illustrate many of the key themes
found throughout this book. First, crime is an increasingly complex venture,
particularly in an international context. Law, customs, formal structures, and