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Scavenging Activities in the Global North: An Exploratory Study among the Student Population of Lappis, Stockholm
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Scavenging in the South is usually seen as an activity limited to the disadvantaged, while dumpster diving in the North is often considered ideologically motivated. This work discusses those two perceptions while aiming to understand scavenging activities among students who do not identify themselves as either scavengers or dumpster divers, living in Lappis, Stockholm. The research questions of particular interest here ask how scavengers motivate their scavenging activities, as well as how prevalent scavenging is among Lappis residents. Methods of qualitative and quantitative character are used. Academic writings on scavenging from different fields, Medina in particular, form the theoretical basis. The study finds that scavengers motivate their activities in different ways, and that scavenging may not be as marginal as many think. The results of the study are put into a wider planning perspective of how informal practices can be integrated into formal systems for the sake of sustainable development.

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scavenging, dumpster diving, informality, urban planning, sustainability
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Human Geography Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77306OAI: diva2:531360
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-06-15 Created: 2012-06-06 Last updated: 2012-06-15Bibliographically approved

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