Antichrist Obama and the Doomsday Preppers

  • Stephen Joyce


This chapter takes a fan studies approach to doomsday prepper culture to understand the appeal of post-apocalyptic culture for those audiences who have invested in it most strongly. The chapter introduces two new fan categories: fans of a genre mythos and fans of a genre experience. Joyce argues that academic studies of fandom often have difficulty dealing with conservative cultures and argues for a more neutral framing that does not ascribe political valence to fan activities. The chapter looks at National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers and argues that prepper culture is fundamentally different from apocalyptic culture. Preppers are primarily interested in culture crafting, imagining alternate societies, self-improvement and self-sufficiency, and the creation of immersive fantasy worlds.


Doomsday Preppers Fandom Craft Culture Experimental Genre Post-apocalyptic Genre 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Joyce
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  1. 1.Aarhus UniversityAarhus CDenmark

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