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What’s hot what’s not: the social construction of product obsolescence and its relevance for strategies to increase functionality

Melanie Jaeger-Erben,Marina Proske (2017) Erschienen in: PLATE 2017 Conference Proceedings

This paper discusses both aspects – material culture and human-object relationship – with relation to the highly-contested term obsolescence. Starting with the observation that obsolescence received most public attention in times of crisis, we report results of an analysis of current media discourses. Subsequently we present an alternative praxeological approach to obsolescence than the usual rational choice related explanations.

The contribution was part of PLATE – Product Lifetimes And The Environment.


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