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Kinnunen, V., Duque, M. (2022). From Waste Management to Waste Care. In: Valkonen, J., Kinnunen, V., Huilaja, H., Loikkanen, T. (eds) Infrastructural Being. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

From waste management to waste care

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Author: Kinnunen, Veera1; Duque, Melisa2
Organizations: 1Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Design MADA, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: Finnish
Published: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-12-01


What would waste relations be like if they were conceptualized as waste care rather than waste management? To explore this inquiry in practice, we examine two different ethnographic examples of dwelling with waste: (1) smart home technologies as part of ageing healthcare services in regional Australia and (2) bokashi composting as an alternative waste practice in urban Finland. Bringing together scholarship on infrastructures from design anthropology, and waste studies with new materialist and feminist perspectives, we propose infra-ecologies of waste care as an analytical tool to unpack complex care relations embedded in everyday waste practices.

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ISBN: 978-3-031-15827-8
ISBN Print: 978-3-031-15826-1
Pages: 147 - 170
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-15827-8_7
Host publication: Infrastructural being : rethinking dwelling in a naturecultural world
Host publication editor: Valkonen, Jarno
Kinnunen, Veera
Huilaja, Heikki
Loikkanen, Teemu
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 5141 Sociology
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.