Literature on DIY culture

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DIY culture, defined in my research as the social world of people engaging in DIY activities (1), is an underexposed area of research, which I am trying to position within established research areas. This quest begins with an exciting hunt for information/literature on anything related to DIY culture. If you have a DIY librarian hidden inside you or you are a librarian with a great interest in DIY culture, come on over and give me a hand. I am so grateful for any help.

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I am first and foremost using Zotero to collect material, where I made a Zotero group library, which anyone can join. It already has the following collections:
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There is a section for cultural institutions (in which I have a special interest):

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As well as a section for making and crafts:

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Feel free to add new collections that reflect other directions you find, which are relevant for DIY culture.

If you don’t have access to Zotero, fret not. You can always use the comments below or on social media to send me ideas.

Research areas


I have found a number of different research areas already between which I would like to position DIY culture research. The main ones are: Information Behaviour, Autodidact Learning, Making/Crafts and Internet Culture. There are bound to be other interesting research areas that relate to DIY culture and I would love a tip on what they are.

(1) Which again is defined as an activity done by a person with no formal training/education in this particular activity.