The Last Taboo: Opening the Door on the Global Sanitation Crisis

The Last Taboo: Opening the Door on the Global Sanitation Crisis

by Maggie Black, Ben Fawcett
     
 

ISBN-10: 1844075443

ISBN-13: 9781844075447

Pub. Date: 03/28/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Except in schoolboy jokes, the subject of human waste is rarely aired. We talk about 'water-related' diseases when most are sanitation-related - in short, we don't mention the shit.

A century and a half ago, a long, hot summer reduced the Thames flowing past the UK Houses of Parliament to a 'Great Stink', thereby inducing MPs to legislate sanitary reform. Today,

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Overview

Except in schoolboy jokes, the subject of human waste is rarely aired. We talk about 'water-related' diseases when most are sanitation-related - in short, we don't mention the shit.

A century and a half ago, a long, hot summer reduced the Thames flowing past the UK Houses of Parliament to a 'Great Stink', thereby inducing MPs to legislate sanitary reform. Today, another sanitary reformation is needed, one that manages to spread cheaper and simpler systems to people everywhere.

In the byways of the developing world, much is quietly happening on the excretory frontier. In 2008, the International Year of Sanitation, the authors bring this awkward subject to a wider audience than the world of international filth usually commands. They seek the elimination of the 'Great Distaste' so that people without political clout or economic muscle can claim their right to a dignified and hygienic place to 'go'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844075447
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,115,271
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables     vii
Foreword$dHRH Prince Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands     ix
Preface   Ann M. Veneman     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
List of acronyms and abbreviations     xvii
A Short History of the Unmentionable     1
Runaway Urbanization and the Rediscovery of Filth     33
In Dignity and Health     69
Pit Stops: The Expanding Technological Menu     99
Selling Sanitation to New Users     133
Shitty Livelihoods, or What?     167
Bringing on the New Sanitary Revolution     199
Notes     229
Index     247

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