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DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE OF TRASH IN SOUTHWESTERN ETHIOPIA WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO USED SCHOOL NOTEBOOKS [Abstract ID: 1209-08]
This paper describes the development of local knowledge of trash in southwestern Ethiopia. In this study the word “trash” is considered to have multiple meanings in the local context. It also examines the process by which daily necessities become trash and the multi-layered relationships between humans and things. This study worked with data obtained from fieldwork conducted in southwestern Ethiopia for 1 month in 2013. Forty-seven junior high and high school students were interviewed to determine how they kept and used their school notebooks. By focusing on the process by which used school notebooks became trash, this study shows how local people identify items as daily necessities or trash in a local context.