Cultural Economies of Hard Rubbish

Tania Lewis, Rowan Wilkin, Malita Allan, PAULA ARCARI

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The study reveals the practice of gleaning as characterised by, and as allowing, the expression of positive values associated with not-wasting, caring for others, and social responsibility. What the study found was that it fosters a sense of connection across generations and with the wider community. Interviewees associated the opposite values of wastefulness, selfishness, and social isolation with mainstream consumerism; gleaning is explicitly characterised by study participants as an active and performative rejection of this. The report concludes, in light of these findings, with a list of recommendations for Moreland City Council.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSchool of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Waste
  • Households
  • Sustainability
  • Gleaning
  • Social practices
  • Australia
  • Local government


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