Beads, Bodies, and Trash Public Sex, Global Labor, and the Disposability of Mardi Gras

ISBN-10: 0415525403
ISBN-13: 9780415525404
Edition: 2015
Authors: David Redmon
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Description: Beads, Bodies, and Trash merges cultural sociology with a commodity chain analysis by following Mardi Gras beads to their origins. Beginning with Bourbon Street of New Orleans, this book moves to the grim factories in the tax-free economic zone of  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/14/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Beads, Bodies, and Trash merges cultural sociology with a commodity chain analysis by following Mardi Gras beads to their origins. Beginning with Bourbon Street of New Orleans, this book moves to the grim factories in the tax-free economic zone of rural Fuzhou, China. Beads, Bodies, and Trash teaches students to think critically about and question everyday objects that circulate around the globe: where do objects come from, how do they emerge, where do they end up, what are their properties, what assemblages do they form, and what are the consequences (both beneficial and harmful) of those properties on the environment and human bodies? This book also asks students to confront how the beads can contradictorily be implicated in fun, sexist, unequal, and toxic relationships of production, consumption, and disposal. With a companion documentary, Mardi Gras Made in China, this book introduces students to recording technologies as possible research tools. Beads, Bodies, and Trash is a work of sensory ethnography appropriate for courses in gender and sexuality; quantitative or ethnographic research methods; deviance, crime, and social control; social movements; globalization; and Social Problems.

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