#SteampunkHands – On Crafting a Subcultural Lifestyle: Objects and the Search for Home in Steampunk (Part 5)

The reason I love this article is that it is not only very sociological, but it also brings to light the lifestyle so important to Steampunks – at least, Steampunks like me. I identify as a Steampunk not only in fashion, but in the way I live my life in terms of trying to be creative as well as caring for more than those with whom I associate. There is so much more than clothes and styling that makes up the way we live our lives.

Beyond Victoriana

The Airship Ashanti in the 2015 Internationa Steampunk Symposium. They were that year's winners of the Airship Games. The Airship Ashanti in the 2015 International Steampunk Symposium. They were that year’s winners of the Airship Games.

A Genre for our Times: Living Steampunk in Pursuit of “the Good Life”, A Conclusion

During my extensive involvement in the steampunk community, I have contemplated the meaning of what constitutes a lifestyle and whether that coincides with the personal beliefs one holds. While I began this paper with the intention of exploring the separation of ideology with lifestyle, I also believe that people who are heavily involved in the steampunk community hold a specific worldview. In my interviews with members of the community, I came upon a dozen different responses to the question, “Do you think steampunks have a specific ‘mindset’?” Many vehemently rejected the idea that there was one common mindset (thus, hinting at the collective notion of respect for individual opinions and a general distaste toward imposing one’s opinion…

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