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Encyclopedia Of Consumption And Waste

Author : Carl A. Zimring
ISBN : 9781412988193
Genre : Science
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These volumes convey what daily life is like in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Entries will aid readers in understanding the importance of cultural sociology, to appreciate the effects of cultural forces around the world.

Clean And White

Author : Carl A. Zimring
ISBN : 9781479858033
Genre : Social Science
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When Joe Biden attempted to compliment Barack Obama by calling him “clean and articulate,” he unwittingly tapped into one of the most destructive racial stereotypes in American history. This book tells the history of the corrosive idea that whites are clean and those who are not white are dirty. From the age of Thomas Jefferson to the Memphis Public Workers strike of 1968 through the present day, ideas about race and waste have shaped where people have lived, where people have worked, and how American society’s wastes have been managed. Clean and White offers a history of environmental racism in the United States focusing on constructions of race and hygiene. In the wake of the civil war, as the nation encountered emancipation, mass immigration, and the growth of an urbanized society, Americans began to conflate the ideas of race and waste. Certain immigrant groups took on waste management labor, such as Jews and scrap metal recycling, fostering connections between the socially marginalized and refuse. Ethnic “purity” was tied to pure cleanliness, and hygiene became a central aspect of white identity. Carl A. Zimring here draws on historical evidence from statesmen, scholars, sanitarians, novelists, activists, advertisements, and the United States Census of Population to reveal changing constructions of environmental racism. The material consequences of these attitudes endured and expanded through the twentieth century, shaping waste management systems and environmental inequalities that endure into the twenty-first century. Today, the bigoted idea that non-whites are “dirty” remains deeply ingrained in the national psyche, continuing to shape social and environmental inequalities in the age of Obama.

Histories Of The Dustheap

Author : Stephanie Foote
ISBN : 9780262517829
Genre : Science
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Garbage, considered both materially and culturally, elicits mixed responses. Ourresponsibility toward the objects we love and then discard is entangled with our responsibilitytoward the systems that make those objects. Histories of the Dustheap usesgarbage, waste, and refuse to investigate the relationships between various systems--the local andthe global, the economic and the ecological, the historical and the contemporary--and shows how thismost democratic reality produces identities, social relations, and policies. The contributors firstconsider garbage in subjective terms, examining "toxic autobiography" by residents of LoveCanal, the intersection of public health and women's rights, and enviroblogging. They explore theimportance of place, with studies of post-Katrina soil contamination in New Orleans, e-wastedisposal in Bloomington, Indiana, and garbage on Mount Everest. And finally, they look at culturalcontradictions as objects hover between waste and desirability, examining Milwaukee's efforts tosell its sludge as fertilizer, the plastics industry's attempt to wrap plastic bottles and bags inthe mantle of freedom of choice, and the idea of obsolescence in the animated film TheBrave Little Toaster. Histories of the Dustheap offers a range ofperspectives on a variety of incarnations of garbage, inviting the reader to consider garbage in away that goes beyond the common "buy green" discourse that empowers individuals whilelimiting environmental activism to consumerist practices. The hardcover editiondoes not include a dust jacket.


Author : William L. Rathje
ISBN : 0816521433
Genre : Social Science
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It is from the discards of former civilizations that archaeologists have reconstructed most of what we know about the past, and it is through their examination of today's garbage that William Rathje and Cullen Murphy inform us of our present. Rubbish! is their witty and erudite investigation into all aspects of the phenomenon of garbage. Rathje and Murphy show what the study of garbage tells us about a population's demographics and buying habits. Along the way, they dispel the common myths about our "garbage crisis"—about fast-food packaging and disposable diapers, about biodegradable garbage and the acceleration of the average family's garbage output. They also suggest methods for dealing with the garbage we do have.

Rubbish Theory

Author : Michael Thompson
ISBN : UOM:39015054079812
Genre : Business & Economics
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What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know About Capitalism

Author : Fred Magdoff
ISBN : 9781583672419
Genre : Business & Economics
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Praise for Foster and Magdoff’s The Great Financial Crisis: In this timely and thorough analysis of the current financial crisis, Foster and Magdoff explore its roots and the radical changes that might be undertaken in response. . . . This book makes a valuable contribution to the ongoing examination of our current debt crisis, one that deserves our full attention.—Publishers Weekly There is a growing consensus that the planet is heading toward environmental catastrophe: climate change, ocean acidification, ozone depletion, global freshwater use, loss of biodiversity, and chemical pollution all threaten our future unless we act. What is less clear is how humanity should respond. The contemporary environmental movement is the site of many competing plans and prescriptions, and composed of a diverse set of actors, from militant activists to corporate chief executives. This short, readable book is a sharply argued manifesto for those environmentalists who reject schemes of “green capitalism” or piecemeal reform. Environmental and economic scholars Magdoff and Foster contend that the struggle to reverse ecological degradation requires a firm grasp of economic reality. Going further, they argue that efforts to reform capitalism along environmental lines or rely solely on new technology to avert catastrophe misses the point. The main cause of the looming environmental disaster is the driving logic of the system itself, and those in power—no matter how “green”—are incapable of making the changes that are necessary. What Every Environmentalist Needs To Know about Capitalism tackles the two largest issues of our time, the ecological crisis and the faltering capitalist economy, in a way that is thorough, accessible, and sure to provoke debate in the environmental movement.


Author : Leslie Marmon Silko
ISBN : 1440621829
Genre : Fiction
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The great Native American Novel of a battered veteran returning home to heal his mind and spirit More than thirty-five years since its original publication, Ceremony remains one of the most profound and moving works of Native American literature, a novel that is itself a ceremony of healing. Tayo, a World War II veteran of mixed ancestry, returns to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation. He is deeply scarred by his experience as a prisoner of the Japanese and further wounded by the rejection he encounters from his people. Only by immersing himself in the Indian past can he begin to regain the peace that was taken from him. Masterfully written, filled with the somber majesty of Pueblo myth, Ceremony is a work of enduring power. The Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition contains a new preface by the author and an introduction by Larry McMurtry. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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