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   Katedra antropologie, Filozofická fakulta, Západočeská univerzita v Plzni

Daniel Sosna
   Katedra antropologie, Filozofická fakulta, Západočeská univerzita v Plzni


The research presented is part of the“Pilsen Garbage Project”. It presents the resultsof research focused on household garbage in a ruralarea in the Pilsen region. We aim to shed lighton the relationship between people and wastethrough the study of discarded things. Having analyzedthe waste from various households, we areable to capture the habitual patterns of discarders´actions, as well as their way of thinking about objectsthat disappear out of sight. The investigationwas conducted at the recycling center in Pilsen,where the collected waste was sorted, analyzedand described in detail. The data was digitized inthe field using a tablet. In total we analyzed andrecorded nearly 240 kg of solid and recyclablehousehold waste belonging to the whole village.The results reveal not only that a standardizeddiet has been adopted throughout the community,but also a quantitatively significant consumptionof alcoholic beverages. Habitual patterns aremanifested not only in the shared classificationof waste for recycling, but also in the appearanceof discarded things. By gaining detailed information,we aspire to demonstrate that garbology canbe successfully used to expand our knowledge ofcontemporary society.

Klíčová slova

consumption; garbology; habitus; recycling; waste

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