Shoddy : from devil's dust to the renaissance of rags (eBook, 2020) [WorldCat.org]
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Shoddy : from devil's dust to the renaissance of rags

Author: Hanna Rose Shell
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
Series: science.culture
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a book about waste transformed, and reuse, repurposing, and recycling -- and how we consume the products of our industry. Through the story of shoddy, Hanna Rose Shell takes up these provocative topics and offers a new way for us to think critically about them. Shoddy is a global potpourri of textile waste manufactured into a saleable commodity: for example, wool that has been sorted, scoured, stuffed into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Shell, Hanna Rose.
Shoddy.
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020
(DLC) 2020001639
(OCoLC)1117642904
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hanna Rose Shell
ISBN: 9780226698229 022669822X
OCLC Number: 1191070112
Description: 1 online resource (236 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.
Contents: Prologue : Finding shoddy. Old clothes odyssey ; The heap --
Devil's dust. Emergence of an industry ; Narratives of transmutation, myths of invention ; Devil's dust politics ; Material philosophy and the shredded self ; Shoddy as paradox and Marx's "excrements of consumption" --
Textile skin. The Wear of war ; Textile skin and "the sinews of war" ; Shoddy and the body politic ; Photography and the "harvest of death" ; On shrouds and shoddy --
Lively things. Miasma and contagion ; Consolidation of clothes and corpses ; Disinfection and its discontents ; The intimate materiality of the unknowable ; Liveliness and formlessness --
Epilogue : Shoddy renaissance.
Series Title: science.culture
Responsibility: Hanna Rose Shell.

Abstract:

"This is a book about waste transformed, and reuse, repurposing, and recycling -- and how we consume the products of our industry. Through the story of shoddy, Hanna Rose Shell takes up these provocative topics and offers a new way for us to think critically about them. Shoddy is a global potpourri of textile waste manufactured into a saleable commodity: for example, wool that has been sorted, scoured, stuffed into rag-grinding machines, and remade into new clothes and textile and upholstery products. Both of-the-moment and truly historical, the book sends us back to West Yorkshire, 1812 and the birth of the commodification of waste through processing, before pushing us forward again with interviews and images from shoddy towns, waste dumps, textile labs, and rag shredding factories in the US and UK. Along the way we see exposed the political, ethical, environmental, and other ways shoddy has transformed lives and landscapes"--

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"Shoddy is that rare book that takes you from the direct experiences you share with the author (what to do with your used clothes? the feeling of 'doing good' when you donate them to clothe someone Read more...

 
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