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Review of Article by MTA student: This article has improved slightly on the citations, as requested by a previous reader. However, the final two sections on "present day studies" and "investigative studies" are still lacking in citations, and therefore could be challenged in terms of its validity. The History section of the article is really informative on the University of Arizona, as this was where the study of garbage originated from, but it might be useful to add more information about other universities that use Garbology as a study. As well, in the "see also" section, there are only links to two other wikipedia articles, and it would be interesting to perhaps try and locate more links so that readers can investigate further into other articles that are related to garbology. Jmmacphail (talk) 00:11, 13 March 2012 (UTC)

shut down at ASU?[edit]

The result of this Google searh within and similar ones make me to suspect that the study is shut down. Any updates? mikka (t) 23:03, 7 October 2005 (UTC)

poor writing[edit]

I've just finished a copyedit in an attempt to clean up some of the wording. But his article is porly structured and conceptually confused as well. Can we have some volunteers with some ambition? ww 21:28, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

merger with dumpster diving[edit]

The two topics are disparate and the articles should not be merged. Dumpster diving is an act, gabology is a discipline, sometimes academic, and is closely connected with archeology. Insufficient overlap to justify a merge. ww 21:28, 13 June 2006 (UTC)

The proposed merger is disparate, as these are not the same thing at all. People dive dumpsters for many reasons, garbologists do something similar (though auite rarely) for entirely different reasons. The merge should not go ahead, as the similarlity is superficial at best. ww 04:15, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

Re: shut down at ASU? Re: merger with dumpster diving[edit]

Bill Rathje continues to do Garbology research from his post at Stanford University where he is a lecturer of archaeology. Merging this article with Dumpster Diving would be an mistake, since as the last comment has pointed out the two have little to do with each other other than the fact that they involve garbage (more specifically it would be similar to merging the articles of grave robbing with archaeology). ww Violacadenza 21:28, 19 July 2006 (UTC)

With regret, I have to disclaim the prior edit of 21:28, 19 July 2006. It's not my work, however much I agree with it. Not sure how this happened, but... ww 22:59, 20 July 2006 (UTC) <-- really me this time.
The comment starting "Bill Rathje" was not written by ww but by Violacadenza who forged ww's signagture. Gwernol 02:45, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

I would think a complete entry on this term would at least need to mention A. J. Weberman, the self-procliamed Dylanologist who claims to have invented garbology in the sense of combing through celebrity garbage to gain information and insight about the celebrity. He developed this idea when going through Bob Dylan's garbage in the 1970's. I do not know enough about this meaning of garbology to make an entry, but there are articles and at least one short documentary film "The Ballad of A. J. Weberman" that touch on the subject. Stuart Lilie Winter Park, Florida

Lectures in Introductory Virology CSB351[edit]

  • The field of garbology has also come under some criticism by Professor Mounir G. Abouhaidar at the University of Toronto. Abouhaidar suggests that garbology should be avoided. Instead, students should pursue graduate work in other disciplines. This is Dr. Abouhaidar's personal academic opinion and a commentary on the future and prospects within the field.
    • Abouhaidar, MG. Lectures in Introductory Virology CSB351. 2008:Toronto.

This material appears to be sourced to an unpublished university lecture, and if so it is unverifiable.   Will Beback  talk  01:25, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Bibliography of Relevant Research[edit]

Hanna, Arlene. (2003). Lessons Learned Through Garbology. The Nebline, 15(8), 2-12. Retrieved on 19 Feb 2012 from Avpreston (talk) 20:38, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Reilly, M.D. & Rathje, W.L. (1985). Consumption and Status across Cultural Boundaries: Nonreactive Evidence. Advances in Consumer Research, 12, 129-132. Retrieved on 18 Feb 2012 from Avpreston (talk) 20:38, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Schwartz, Joshua. (2006). "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" Prolegomena on Breakage and Repair in Ancient Jewish Society: Broken Bed ands Chairs in Mishnah Kelim. JSIJ, 5, 147-180. Retrieved on 19 Feb 2012 from Avpreston (talk) 20:38, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Molander, S. & Lenihan, J. (2007). Ways to Waste: The Garbology of Post-Consumer Refure is the UBC Okanagan Cafeteria. Anth 480- Directed Studies and SEEDS Project: 1-37. Retrieved on Feb 25 2012 from Avpreston (talk) 20:38, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Rathje, W.L. (1997). The Garbage Project & The Archaeology of Us. Encyclpedia Britannica, 1-26. Retrieved on Feb 25 from Avpreston (talk) 20:38, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Changes in Progress[edit]

I appreciate the input by the MTA student. I have been taking your suggestions into consideration and have made some edits in response. I added freeganism and dumpster diving as other articles related to garbology in the "see also" section. I am continuously trying to come up with others. Another suggestion focused on adding more information about other universities, aside from Arizona that use Garbology as a study. I thought it would be interesting to research whether garbology is used in any elementary or secondary schools and was I was able to find a curriculum used at in Lincoln Nebraska which focuses on Garbology. I will discuss this programs and the tools which have been used to make it successful. I will also explain some of the effects that it has had on the children. Avpreston (talk) 19:59, 20 March 2012 (UTC)


Hello! Excellent and huge contribution to the article. Very awesome. No, this isn't the same review that I put on your talk page; your work deserves a much better review than the earlier one. EmeraldWithin (talk) 00:55, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Investigative use[edit]

Dumpster diving does not have information on uses of this term in reference to espionage or identity theft, but this section does. I'm changing the hatnote to, for archaeological studies, see middens.