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Subculture of Street Racing- Some Evaluations

The author raised the social problems of dek waen (poor young males with a distinct subculture involving motorcycles) and dek sakoi (their female counterparts) arises from two main reasons.

  1. Dek waen and dek sakoi are not accepted nor have any standing in society. Due to this ostracization they lack self-esteem and confidence. Dek waen band together in a distinct sub-culture and race motorcycles in order to find a sense of acceptance and belonging. Dek sakoi offer themselves as objects to be traded and gambled with because it increases their self-worth.
  2. Dek waen and dek sakoi believe that racing fast helps them find their true selves as it gives them a unique skill. Street racing is also fun and exciting for them.


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