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The 'rocker' phenomenon in Germany: Perceptions and government responses to outlaw bikers in historical perspective
This chapter examines the process leading up to outlaw bikers in Germany indiscriminately being singled out as a major crime problem. The analysis illuminates how the outlaw biker phenomenon has been perceived by police agencies and by the media since the 1960s. A sequence of changes in perception over the past fifty years is identified and a number of events with respect to their potential impact on these developments are discussed.