In recent years, reuse has risen to prominence as a strategy to combat waste and promote social ties. Yet reuse constitutes a lot of activities and some of these bear closer examination. In this thesis, I examine how used computers are reused, and how these practices of reuse are aligned with reuse as a political strategy and a social movement. Using a framework based on actor-network theory, three reuse operations in Denmark are analyzed for their practices, connections, and networks in order to understand how these operations render used computers as usable computers again. A variety of techniques and methods are shown to be of importance, most significant of which is the operation’s ability to form a network within which customers and users can no longer distinguish between the computer and the technology it embodies. Finally, it is suggested that the current practices of reuse are not aligned with the political and social understanding of the potential of reuse in society and as such crafting a new compromise is necessary.
|Uddannelser||Socialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||4 jan. 2016|
|Vejledere||Birgit Jæger & Viggo Plum|