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Histories of the Dustheap

Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice

contributions by Marisol Cortez; Scott Frickel; Stephanie Foote; Rich Newman; Daniel Schneider; Phaedra C. Pezzullo; William Gleason; Elizabeth Mazzolini & Jennifer Clapp

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list price: $9.75 USD
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category: Science
published: Sep 2012
ISBN:9780262517829
publisher: The MIT Press
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An examination of how garbage reveals the relationships between the global and the local, the economic and the ecological, and the historical and the contemporary.

Garbage, considered both materially and culturally, elicits mixed responses. Our responsibility toward the objects we love and then discard is entangled with our responsibility toward the systems that make those objects. Histories of the Dustheap uses garbage, waste, and refuse to investigate the relationships between various systems—the local and the global, the economic and the ecological, the historical and the contemporary—and shows how this most democratic reality produces identities, social relations, and policies.

The contributors first consider garbage in subjective terms, examining “toxic autobiography” by residents of Love Canal, the intersection of public health and women's rights, and enviroblogging. They explore the importance of place, with studies of post-Katrina soil contamination in New Orleans, e-waste disposal in Bloomington, Indiana, and garbage on Mount Everest. And finally, they look at cultural contradictions as objects hover between waste and desirability, examining Milwaukee's efforts to sell its sludge as fertilizer, the plastics industry's attempt to wrap plastic bottles and bags in the mantle of freedom of choice, and the idea of obsolescence in the animated film The Brave Little Toaster.

Histories of the Dustheap offers a range of perspectives on a variety of incarnations of garbage, inviting the reader to consider garbage in a way that goes beyond the common “buy green” discourse that empowers individuals while limiting environmental activism to consumerist practices.

About the Authors

Marisol Cortez

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Scott Frickel

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Stephanie Foote is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana andChampaign and the author of Regional Fictions.
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Stephanie Foote is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana andChampaign and the author of Regional Fictions.
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Stephanie Foote is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana andChampaign and the author of Regional Fictions.
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Phaedra C. Pezzullo is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture at Indiana University.
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Phaedra C. Pezzullo is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture at Indiana University.
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Elizabeth Mazzolini is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Tech.
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Jennifer Clapp is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

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Editorial Review

The editors of this volume have done a remarkable job of framing the collection in a coherent and engaging fashion and choosing contributions that come together and build on each other quite well. Foote and Mazzolini also offer a substantive and creative Introduction and Conclusion that expand on the major points of the book and present new and exciting questions and productive directions for environmental studies.

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