Culture and Waste

Culture and Waste

by Gay Hawkins
     
 

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Nine chapters examine the cultural construction, economics, environmental impact, and ethics surrounding waste. The contributors are scholars of rhetoric and literature, media and communication, cultural studies, environmental studies, and anthropology in the United States, Australia, and Scotland. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Nine chapters examine the cultural construction, economics, environmental impact, and ethics surrounding waste. The contributors are scholars of rhetoric and literature, media and communication, cultural studies, environmental studies, and anthropology in the United States, Australia, and Scotland. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Meaghan Morris
We often hear that culture and economy are intertwined, but this absorbing collection suggests that the neglected category of waste may be the most revealing link between them. Moving, unsettling, and deeply thought provoking, this is a must-read book for cultural theorists, political economists, and curious readers alike.
Lawrence Grossberg
In myriad ways, cultural studies is facing and avoiding the problems of value(s): work on the culture of economics and the economics of culture are only the first and most obvious signposts. If death is the key to understanding human life, perhaps waste is the key to understanding culture as the production of value. This collection will make you laugh and squirm, but most importantly, it will make you reflect on some of those still protected alcoves of your common sense. The essays are as diverse, intriguing, and, sometimes, disturbing as the trash that increasingly defines our milieu.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742519824
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/15/2003
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Gay Hawkins is a senior lecturer in the School of Media and Communications, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Stephen Muecke is professor of cultural studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.

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