Disposable: The Stories Behind Everyday Objects

Alice Gorman (Editor), Lynley Wallis (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology


This book presents the results of research into a range of contemporary objects, from plastic cutlery to USB sticks. And even though such mass-produced objects seem identical no matter where you buy them, beneath the veneer of homogeneity lies a raft of subtle variation. The common theme that unites them all is that they are small, cheap, mass produced and ubiquitous—in effect, they’re all disposable.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherWallis Heritage Consulting
Number of pages57
ISBN (Electronic)0994505604
ISBN (Print) 978-0-9945056-0-6, 9780994505606
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

NOTE FROM PAGE 5: This book is based on the subject ‘ARCH3209 Modern Material Culture’ taught by Dr Alice Gorman in 2014 at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. The entries in the book, including the photographs, were part of the students’ assessment and were edited for clarity and consistency by Dr Lynley Wallis and Dr Alice Gorman.


  • Contemporary archaeology
  • mass-produced objects
  • contemporary objects
  • Flotsam and Jetsam
  • Paul Graves-Brown
  • Georges Perec
  • infra-ordinaire


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