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Reparieren statt Kaufen / eingereicht von Tamara Peham, BSc
AuthorPeham, Tamara
CensorInnreiter-Moser, Cäcilia
PublishedLinz, 2018
Description89 Blätter : Illustrationen
Institutional NoteUniversität Linz, Masterarbeit, 2018
LanguageGerman
Document typeMaster Thesis
Keywords (DE)Reparatur / Repair Café / Reparaturinitiative / Repair
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubl:1-25550 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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This paper examines and analyzes the culture of repair. Nowadays consumers are typically confronted with different forms of planned obsolescence like functional, qualitative and psychological obsolescence when buying products. This results not only in a growing amount of electrical waste but also in the constantly increasing inability of consumers to repair goods. It is, however, a fact that buying a new product is frequently much cheaper than repairing it. As a result, there is a growing number of people who want to counteract this inability to repair with the help of initiatives and projects to improve the skills of consumers to both analyze problems and repair broken products. In order to actively support consumers and fight against a throwaway society, initiatives like repair cafés are organized for example. This is an open space where volunteer employees as well as visitors can exchange experiences and offer help to self-help. On the one hand the main objective is to increase public awareness and enabling consumers to extend product lifetimes, but on the other hand the focus is also on communication and social interaction. At the moment there are already a number of successful examples of repair cafés, but the organizers of such initiatives strive for constant development and a growing number of future cooperations.

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