Role Of Survivalist As A Subculture

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Survivalists: An American subculture The presence of survivalists or preppers as an American subculture can be traced back as early as the 1930’s. During World War II, as new homes and buildings were constructed, builders were adding bomb shelters to their structures. Occupants would then keep these bomb shelters or bunkers stocked in case of Nazi attacks. Advancing to the 1960’s and 1970’s, survivalist intentions changed due to differing circumstances. Preppers of this period were mainly hippies working to elude government entities they felt were betraying them in support of the New World Order. Later, intentions shifted to prepping for Y2K and what many thought to be a widespread catastrophe marking the beginning of the end. Once more, motives …show more content…
A prepper will have stockpiles of nonperishable foods and first aid readily available to be consumed in the case of an emergency. They will also have weapons and ammunition accessible if needed to protect themselves and their family. Survivalists will also have plans in place to do what is necessary to survive catastrophe. This includes either “sheltering in place” or “bugging in” which simply means that they prepare to outlast any emergency while remaining in their home. When “sheltering in place” isn’t an option, they will also be prepared to “bug out” or leave their home for a safer location to seek shelter. Survivalists may also have a vast knowledge of the outdoors so that they are prepared for any situation they may encounter while “bugging out”. This may include, but is not limited to: building fire, building shelters, navigating the wilderness safely as well as purifying water. The only requirement necessary to become a prepper is the desire to be prepared to be self-reliant in case of …show more content…
Preppers share the common belief that a catastrophe is imminent and in order to survive safely one must be prepared. They share common folkways that allow them to distinguish themselves as a member of their subculture as well as separate themselves from outsiders. Survivalists share common values which also allows them to focus on their main goal of self-sufficiency enabling a sense of comradery amongst

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