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'Brunclíková L, 2017: Waste and value in the post-socialist space. Anthropologie (Brno) 55, 3: 385-398'.
|Since 1989 former socialist countries have gone through significant changes that have shaped human
interaction with waste. Using a combination of anthropological and archaeological methods, I explore various ways
that things are disposed of in the countryside of West Bohemia (Czech Republic) to shed light on the nature of value.
Recycling seems to be an obvious example of re-creation of value. However, an individual's participation in a system
of recycling depends on various motivations, barriers, and knowledge, and it also reflects the individual's perception
of how things can be re-used. Therefore, instead of being discarded, certain things are considered non-fungible and
kept as a memory of the past, circulate among neighbours, undergo renovation, and become part of an official recycling
process. Through the interconnection of actions and things I would like to reveal the nature of value in terms of nonmonetized
models, where aspects of morality, good will and responsibility influences an individual's decision-making
related to waste.|
|Classification ‒ Garbology ‒ Recycling ‒ Value ‒ Waste|