Dumpster Diving as a Source of Creativity


  • Lenka Brunclíková
  • Jana Kliková




cooking, creativity, dumpster diving, food waste


This paper aims to present dumpster diving as a source of creativity. We argue that thanks to dumpster diving, the pickers exhibit some forms of creative behaviour that would otherwise be concealed or suppressed. We understand creativity as “creativity forward” (Ingold and Hallam 2007), which means considering the process of being creative itself rather than any tangible innovative result that might come from this process. Our view differs from the concepts of creativity and innovation in the fields of business or technology, where the particular, and more importantly, useful result of the creative process is taken as the criterion for creativity. Since dumpster divers face multiple obstacles during their activities, they are forced to creatively come up with solutions and to flexibly respond to whatever issues emerge. In contrast to customary shopping, dumpster divers are also challenged by the issue of how to consume an excessive amount of one type of food so as to not dispose of it again.

Author Biographies

Lenka Brunclíková

je absolventkou doktorského studijního programu Etnologie na katedře antropologie Západočeské univerzity v Plzni. Ve svém výzkumu se zaměřuje na sociální rozměr odpadu a neformální ekonomické  modely.

Jana Kliková

je studentkou magisterského studia oboru Sociální a kulturní antropologie na katedře antropologie Filozofické fakulty Západočeské univerzity. V rámci dosavadních výzkumů se zabývala tématy spojenými s odpadem.



How to Cite

Brunclíková, L., & Kliková, J. (2018). Dumpster Diving as a Source of Creativity. Lidé města, 20(1), 63-79. https://doi.org/10.14712/12128112.3297



Antropologický výzkum