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Generally speaking people are in it for the cycling and the beer: bicycle messengers, subculture and enjoyment
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 07:21 authored by Ben FinchamBen Fincham
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.
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