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Economies of recycling : the global transformation of materials, values and social relations

Author: Catherine Alexander; Joshua Reno
Publisher: London ; New York : Zed Books ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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For some, recycling is a big business; for others a moralized way of engaging with the world. But, for many, this is a dangerous way of earning a living. With scrap now being the largest export category from the US to China, the sheer scale of this global trade has not yet been clearly identified or analyzed. Combining fine-grained ethnographic analysis with overviews of international material flows, Recycling  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Alexander; Joshua Reno
ISBN: 9781780321950 1780321953 9781780321943 1780321945
OCLC Number: 794816300
Description: viii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Shoddy rags and relief blankets : perceptions of textile recycling in north India / Lucy Norris --
Death, the phoenix, and Pandora : transforming things and values in Bangladesh / Mike Crang ... (et al.) --
One cycle to bind them all? : geographies of nuclearity in the uranium fuel cycle / Romain Garcier --
The shadow of the global network : e-waste flows to China / Xin Tong and Jici Wang --
Devaluing the dirty work : gendered trash work in participatory Dakar / Rosalind Fredericks --
Stitching curtains, grinding plastic : social and material transformation in Buenos Aires / Karen Ann Faulk --
Trash ties : urban politics, economic crisis and Rio de Janerio's garbage dump / Kathleen M. Millar --
Sympathy and its boundaries : necropolitics, labour and waste on the Hooghly river / Laura Bear --
'No junk for Jesus' : redemptive economies and value conversions in Lutheran medical aid / Britt Halvorson --
Evident excess : material deposits and narcotics surveillance in the USA / Joshua Reno --
Remont : work in progress / Catherine Alexander.
Responsibility: edited by Catherine Alexander and Joshua Reno.

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Following global material chains, this groundbreaking book reveals astonishing connections between persons, households, cities and global regions as objects are reworked, taken to pieces and traded.  Read more...

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