Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs as Organized Crime Groups

  • Thomas Barker

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Thomas Barker
    Pages 1-7
  3. Thomas Barker
    Pages 13-19
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    Pages 25-44
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    Pages 45-52
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 57-58

About this book


​​This brief covers the unique crime group of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are adult criminal associations composed of “bikers” living a deviant lifestyle that includes individual, group, and club criminal behavior. These groups are sometimes called one percenters, due to the American Motorcycle Association statement that ninety-nine percent of motorcyclists are law abiding citizens. While many may be familiar with the reputation of the Hells' Angels, many may not realize the wide network of other Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs or the extent of their involvement in criminal activities. The brief includes a breakdown of the criminal networks and activities of these groups, which operate similarly to an organized crime group. It also covers the evolution of motorcycle clubs to motorcycle gangs. It examines the recent trend of American-based motorcycle gangs into international organized crime activities. This book will be of interest to researcher studying criminology, particularly organized crime and criminal networks, as well as international and comparative law and public policy.​


Biker Gangs Criminal Networks One Percenters Organized Crime Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMGs) Trafficking

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Barker
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  1. 1.Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondUSA

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