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Spaces for waste: Everyday recycling and sociospatial relationships
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3636-081X
2018 (English)In: Scottish Geographical Journal, ISSN 1470-2541, E-ISSN 1751-665X, Vol. 134, no 3-4, p. 141-157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Recycling of household waste has been proposed on different geographical levels as the key to sustainable resource management. This paper explores the sociospatial relationships of a waste management system at local level in Sweden. In this system, all waste was considered recyclable and tenants were expected to adopt certain recycling practices, although some prerequisites, such as language skills, were lacking. Theoretical approaches from geographies of power and surveillance studies are combined to analyse how spaces for waste at recycling stations were transformed and imbued with political claims of sustainability. The analyses are based on a detailed case study conducted in a neighbourhood of blocks of flats, with a focus on the design and use of recycling stations. In both their design and use, authority strategies were adopted to legitimise actions and influence recycling practices. Control measures were eventually taken and technologies were installed to restrict improper practices. Practices of discrimination were identified together with how recycling excluded some people from participating in the scheme. By using another power strategy, i.e. seduction, it was possible to reach and include more tenants.

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2018. Vol. 134, no 3-4, p. 141-157
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Recycling; households; waste; power; space; Sweden
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153109DOI: 10.1080/14702541.2018.1500634ISI: 000451529400004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-153109DiVA, id: diva2:1266324
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2010-311Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2018-12-13

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