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Boy racers and influencing their behaviour

Presented by: Karen Lumsden, lecturer in sociology, Loughborough University

LumsdenOutline of presentation
This presentation will examine 'boy racers' and the social reaction to their behaviour. It will shed light on the common misconceptions concerning car modification cultures which are seen to engage in risky and anti-social driving behaviours, fuelling further the myth of the boy racer. Finally, it will explore the policing and governance of risky and anti-social driving behaviours and how these might be positively influenced.

Karen Lumsden
Karen joined the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University in January 2013, having previously held posts at the University of Abertay Dundee and the University of Aberdeen. Karen has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen.

She is a member of the Cultural Communities, Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship Research Group at Loughborough University, the British Sociological Association, the British Society of Criminology (including the Policing Network), Brunel Moral Panic Studies Network, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Karen is also on the Associate Board of the BSA Sociology journal.

Karen's research interests broadly fall under the remit of the sociology of crime and deviance and include policing, youth culture, car culture, and moral panics.

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