Hybrid Nature Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem

ISBN-10: 0262516381

ISBN-13: 9780262516389

Edition: 2011

Authors: Daniel Schneider

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Biological sewage treatment, like electricity, power generation, telephones, and mass transit, has been a key technology and a major part of the urban infrastructure since the late nineteenth century. But sewage treatment plants are not only a ubiquitous component of the modern city, they are also ecosystems--a hybrid variety that incorporates elements of both nature and industry and embodies multiple contradictions. In Hybrid Nature, Daniel Schneider offers an environmental history of the biological sewage treatment plant in the United States and England, viewing it as an early and influential example of an industrial ecosystem. The sewage treatment plant relies on microorganisms and other plants and animals but differs from a natural ecosystem in the extent of human intervention in its creation and management. Schneider explores the relationship between society and nature in the industrial ecosystem and the contradictions that define it[: the naturalization of industry versus the industrialization of nature; the public interest versus private (patented) technology; engineers versus bacterial and human labor; and purification versus profits in the marketing of sewage fertilizer.] Schneider also describes biotechnology's direct connections to the history of sewage treatment, and how genetic engineering is extending the reaches of the industrial ecosystem to such "natural" ecosystems as oceans, rivers, and forests. In an epilogue that shows how industrial ecosystems continue to evolve, Schneider discusses John Todd's Living Machine, a natural purification method of sewage treatment, as the embodiment of the contradictions of the industrial ecosystem.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Daniel Schneider is Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and an ecologist for the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana--Champaign. His work on the history of ecology has been awarded the Price/Webster Prize by the History of Science Society.

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Natural vs. Artificial: "The Right Way to Dispose of Town Sewage"
Public vs. Private: "Nature Must Be Circumvented"
Craft vs. Science: "Be an Operator, Not a Valve Turner"
Profit vs. Purification: "Sewage Is Something to Be Got Rid Of"
The Contradictions Continue: Sewage Treatment since the Clean - Water Act
From Sewage to Biotech: "What We Have before Us Is an Industrial Product"
Conclusion: The Living Machine�
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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