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Risksäkra liv: i skuggan av systemkollaps
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4655-6632
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The thesis is based on a case study of a Swedish discussion forum where survivalism and prepping is the main focus. The awareness of an abrupt and immanent breakdown together with a full and thorough preparation for any conceivable threat posed by that breakdown is what legitimizes survivalism and prepping. This preparation, or risk-proofing is 1) grounded in an isolation of the body and its predispositions from perceived risks, and 2) actualized through artefacts, theoretical and practical knowledge and awareness. Stories of the embodied survivalist are also stories of masculine and heterosexual subjects and “the others”. This thesis shows how a converging mobilization of design, technology and users can create a compact hegemony. Consequently, the thesis indicates how it can be fruitful to see 1) stories of risk-proofing as inseparable from the mediating technology used and 2) how stories of survivalism, as potential practices in an imaginary future, are based on hegemonic identities

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 65 p.
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-94188ISRN: LiU-ISV/SVS-MAS-A--13/04--SEOAI: diva2:630058
Subject / course
Master in Social and Welfare Studies (two year)
Available from: 2013-06-26 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2013-06-27Bibliographically approved

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