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Att leva som Robin Hood?: En hermeneutisk studie om vad det innebär att vara sopdykare i ett postmodernt konsumtionssamhälle
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med den föreliggande studien har varit att beskriva och skapa en djupare förståelse för vad det innebär att vara sopdykare i ett postmodernt konsumtionssamhälle. Den teoretiska delen i studien har bestått av Zygmunt Baumans teorier om konsumtionsliv, globalisering och postmodern etik. Material har bestått av fem intervjuer med två kvinnor och tre män som sopdyker regelbundet. Den metodologiska utgångspunkten har varit att tolka materialet utifrån ett hermeneutiskt förhållningssätt i tre olika nivåer. De begrepp som tillsammans utgör en huvudtolkning om vad det innebär att vara sopdykare i postmoderniteten är: En ambivalent konsumtion, alternativa kicksökare, den kollektiva gemenskapen, tänk globalt – agera lokalt, den gode stråtrövaren och gammaldags moral. Resultat som framkommit är att sopdykarna lever i en Robin Hood kultur som goda stråtrövare där det anses vara okej att ta från de rika och ge till de fattiga. Resultatet visar även att sopdykarna är ambivalenta i sina handlingar eftersom de har en tanke om att inte bidra till konsumtionssamhället samtidigt som det faktiskt är vad de gör. Sopdykarna som fenomen skulle inte kunna existera om de inte livnärde sig på konsumtion.

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to describe and bring deeper understanding as to what dumpster diving means in a postmodern consumer society. Also, the theoretical framework of this study will be derived from the works of sociologist Zygmunt Bauman in which he discusses consumption lifestyles, globalization and postmodern ethics. The data consist of interviews with three men and two women who have been dumpster diving continuously for extensive amounts of time. The methodological point of departure is a hermeneutic approach and the material is interpreted on three levels. Moreover, the results of the study will be divided into themes. An ambivalent consumption, rush seekers, think globally – act locally, the righteous brigand and old-fashioned morals are those terms that aligned comprise the principal interpretation of what it means to be a dumpster-diver in the postmodern world. The results it shows that dumpster divers live in a Robin Hood culture as righteous brigands where it is considered justified to take from the rich and give to the poor people. Dumpster divers are significantly ambiguous in their actions due to the fact that they have an idea that they are not contributing to consumption society, but in reality they do indeed. In fact, this study shows that dumpster divers would not exist if they were not fed by consumption. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
dumpster diving, dumpster divers, rushseekers, postmodern society, consumption, consumer society.
Keyword [sv]
Sopdykning, sopdykare, kicksökare, postmodernt samhälle, konsumtion, konsumtionsliv.
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Humanities Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-19267OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-19267DiVA: diva2:629414
Subject / course
Sociology
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Available from: 2013-08-23 Created: 2013-06-17 Last updated: 2013-08-23Bibliographically approved

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