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Modern Society, Technology and Electronic Waste: Who Should Be Responsible?

De Bellefeuille-Percy, Kristian LU (2011) SIMT32 20101
Master of Science in Development Studies
Graduate School
Department of Sociology
Abstract
Electronic waste (e-waste) in modern society is a growing issue that creates risks by degrading natural resources, through the production of the electronic devices in question, but also at a later end-of-life stage when recycled irresponsibly; by harming individuals directly – those who partake in the recycling, but also indirectly when deadly toxins from recycling flow into water and soil sources. This thesis looks specifically at the recent progression into modern society and associated risks as can be linked to the environmental problem of e-waste in Ontario, Canada. It looks at individuals as consumers in society and examines their knowledge about the increasingly prevalent solution of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as it... (More)
Electronic waste (e-waste) in modern society is a growing issue that creates risks by degrading natural resources, through the production of the electronic devices in question, but also at a later end-of-life stage when recycled irresponsibly; by harming individuals directly – those who partake in the recycling, but also indirectly when deadly toxins from recycling flow into water and soil sources. This thesis looks specifically at the recent progression into modern society and associated risks as can be linked to the environmental problem of e-waste in Ontario, Canada. It looks at individuals as consumers in society and examines their knowledge about the increasingly prevalent solution of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as it should perhaps be used as a solution in Ontario. Through the use of semi-structured interviews with consumers – and considering the objective variable of government structure in Canada and Ontario that affects consumer views about e-waste; this study aims to understand what individuals think would work best in Ontario, a state-led directive or an EPR-based solution. (Less)
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author
De Bellefeuille-Percy, Kristian LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMT32 20101
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Ontario, E-waste, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), consumers, risk society, modern society, reflexive modernization
language
English
id
2174294
date added to LUP
2011-10-21 12:02:34
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2014-05-27 10:18:58
@misc{2174294,
  abstract     = {Electronic waste (e-waste) in modern society is a growing issue that creates risks by degrading natural resources, through the production of the electronic devices in question, but also at a later end-of-life stage when recycled irresponsibly; by harming individuals directly – those who partake in the recycling, but also indirectly when deadly toxins from recycling flow into water and soil sources. This thesis looks specifically at the recent progression into modern society and associated risks as can be linked to the environmental problem of e-waste in Ontario, Canada. It looks at individuals as consumers in society and examines their knowledge about the increasingly prevalent solution of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as it should perhaps be used as a solution in Ontario. Through the use of semi-structured interviews with consumers – and considering the objective variable of government structure in Canada and Ontario that affects consumer views about e-waste; this study aims to understand what individuals think would work best in Ontario, a state-led directive or an EPR-based solution.},
  author       = {De Bellefeuille-Percy, Kristian},
  keyword      = {Ontario,E-waste,Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR),consumers,risk society,modern society,reflexive modernization},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Modern Society, Technology and Electronic Waste: Who Should Be Responsible?},
  year         = {2011},
}