This led me to think about and reflect upon the social position and individual and ideological reasons for dumpster diving. An individual with a very favourable social position like myself, legitimises his choice to search through garbage with sustainability, student income, and vegetarianism. This turns it into something cool, hip, and even trendy called dumpster diving, framed within discourses of sustainability from the position of a white male student. I highly doubt that a socially marginalised individual, homeless and hungry, can give store owners, security, or society the same “acceptable” explanation.
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Is it possible to create knowledge that is accessible to more people, while maintaining the same validity and status as that of a traditional academic writing? That was what I wanted to explore in my internship report.
As a recent thesis course “survivor,” I believe that my case can be a cautionary tale for those of you who tend to procrastinate, get distracted, fail to set achievable goals or spend way too much time reading—basically, the ones who make the entire process of thesis-writing much harder for themselves than it is supposed to be.
As all of Lund University has transitioned to temporary distance education and promoted social distancing, we wanted to hear how some of our students have been adapting to this new way of learning – and life in self-isolation. Here is what we learned about her experience.