May 28, 2018

What's in a name?

Over the last few weeks,  we have been learning just how limited the word 'prepping' often seems to people who prep. There is such a diverse range of skills and practices captured by this word and it can seem far too broad a term. Furthermore, it has many negative connotations that make it unpopular. The word also suggests that someone is a prepper. Oftentimes people will say that they prep - that it is something they do and not who they are. For others, this is not a problem, and they feel that prepping goes to the core of their identity.

May 24, 2018

Seeking recommendations...

We are knee deep in online research and we are still working on this. However, we are also beginning to contact people running prepping skills building courses and workshops. If you have been on a course you would recommend, if there is a course you dream of attending, or if you run a course you think we should take part in, any recommendations would be brilliant! You can send us an email through the contact page, or message either of us directly; k.barker@bbk.ac.uk; sonia.smith@bbk.ac.uk.

March 16, 2018

Fieldwork has begun...

 

We have chosen the four online sites where we will be conducting the first phase of the research. We are now learning as much as we can from these sites, keeping detailed fieldnotes about what we come across. We will be posting some of the things we learn as we go along. See our blog for research updates, such as summaries of recommendations and tips shared by UK preppers. 

February 11, 2018

One month in...

 

We are reading up on existing research. We are also exploring the landscape of online prepper blogs and chat rooms, as well as learning about how prepping has been represented in popular culture. 

January 25, 2018

Building a research website...

 

We have decided to build this research website after reading existing methodological writing on conducting ethnographic research online, and the importance of maintaining transparency. We hope this site will provide a good way for participants and fellow researchers to learn about this project as it develops. We will be updating this news feed with what we are working on as we go along, and we will be posting some findings that might be of interest on the blog. For anyone keen to read more about conducting ethnographic research online, we highly recommend Christine Hine (2015) 'Ethnography for the Internet: Embedded, embodied and everyday'; Tom Boellstorff (2008) 'Coming of Age in Second Life: An anthropologist explores the virtually human'; Gabriella Coleman (2010), ‘Ethnographic Approaches to Digital Media'; Elisabetta Costa (2016) 'Social Media in Southeast Turkey'. You can find a detailed introduction to the project by following the project tab at the top of this page. Please also feel free to contact us with any questions, using the link above.  

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Funding Partners

The Wellcome Trust, through Birkbeck ISSF fund