Being One of the Guys or the Fly on the Wall?

Participant observation of veteran bikers

Authored by: René Moelker

Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Military Studies

Print publication date:  June  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415635332
eBook ISBN: 9780203093801
Adobe ISBN: 9781136203312


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The aim of this study into veterans who ride motorcycles is to gain knowledge and understanding about the healing effect of riding. What is it that helps veterans cope better with experiences from the past by involving in an activity that in fact is somewhat dangerous, which sometimes is not understood in wider society and which always implies the presence of other bikers. Narratives can illustrate why veterans connect their battle or conflict experiences with riding a motorcycle.

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