Date of Award

8-5-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Mary Jane Kuffner Hirt, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

David Chambers, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Wanda Minnick, Ph.D.

Abstract

The present research explores the phenomena of women who ride as motorcycle passengers. The perspectives and experiences of women motorcycle passengers are documented through a two-staged qualitative research design supported by quantitative frequencies. The purpose of this research is to describe experiences and perspectives of women motorcycle passengers for use in developing hypotheses. A total of thirty-one participants and 107 survey respondents took part during the seven-month data collection period. The respondents provide narratives that describe experiences and perspectives while survey responses produce frequencies for use in developing hypotheses.

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