“The Big Scare”: Bikers and the Construction of Organized Crime in Norway

  • Paul LarssonEmail author
Part of the Studies of Organized Crime book series (SOOC, volume 14)


The chapter analyzes the central role of biker groups in the process of defining and making sense of the concept of organized crime (OC) in Norway. Bikers served as “suitable enemies” in this process, initially in 1992 when Rowdies in Trondheim became a chapter of Hells Angels and later in 2011 when “1 % clubs” got re-labeled as “criminal 1 % clubs” and highlighted as among the most serious organized crime groups.


Organized crime Bikers Police methods Construction of social categories Police intelligence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Norwegian Police University CollegeOsloNorway

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