Hermes on Two Wheels: The Sociology of Bicycle Messengers (Paperback)
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Hermes on Two Wheels: The Sociology of Bicycle Messengers (Paperback)

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Paperback 142 Pages / Published: 28/09/2009
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Hermes on Two Wheels shows the dynamic world of the bicycle messenger through a sociological lens, based on a five-year participant observation study. Beginning with the experiences of messengers themselves and moving to describe the structural settings of those experiences, the research shows how messengers work within a political-economic system that devalues semi-skilled labor and strips people of emotional fulfillment. The voluntary risk-taking of messengers becomes a means of achieving such emotional fulfillment as well as making a living, while their stylistic expressions pay dividends in cultural scrip rather than money. Through their work, messengers help to reproduce and maintain the structures of society while also constructing a vibrant, rebellious, politicized subculture that has come to represent the new urban hipster, an image continually under threat of co-optation.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761847939
Number of pages: 142
Weight: 222 g
Dimensions: 233 x 155 x 11 mm

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