International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
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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

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