Situated inconveniences and short-term temporalities: Experiences of living close to a waste facility site

Jennie Olofsson


This article investigates people’s experiences of residing close to a municipal waste facility site. Its focus is on perceived dilemmas, including odors, noises, loose garbage, and stray animals, but also on how these dilemmas were overshadowed by other factors or largely framed to concern what I will refer to as situated inconveniences. The findings show that the participants’ framing of their perceived dilemmas as situated inconveniences did allow them to adopt different strategies of management such that they were able to act upon them. At the same time, the participants’ framing opened up only a restricted range of experiences and forms of knowledge.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/715357