Economies of Recycling Global Transformations of Materials, Values and Social Relations

ISBN-10: 1780321945
ISBN-13: 9781780321943
Edition: 2012
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Description: For some, recycling is a big business; for others a moralised 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  More...

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List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 8/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

For some, recycling is a big business; for others a moralised 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 analysed. Combining fine-grained ethnographic analysis with overviews of international material flows, 'Economies of Recycling' radically changes the way we understand global and local economies as well as the new social relations and identities created by recycling processes.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. With case studies from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, the former Soviet Union, North America and Europe, 'Economies of Recycling' shows how marginal economies are producing new social collectives and projects around local and global decay, often with waste labour bringing high monetary reward as well as danger. Replacing the persistent notion of globally peripheral countries being ransacked for raw materials, which are then transformed into valuable commodities in the North, this timely collection debunks common linear understandings of production, exchange and consumption and argues for a complete re-evaluation of north-south economic relationships.

Laura Bear is lecturer in anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of the novel The Jadu House: Intimate Histories of Anglo-India.

Introduction
Global Waste Flows
'No Junk for Jesus': Redemptive Economies and Value Conversions in Lutheran Medical Relief Agencies
Pandora and the Phoenix: end-of-life ships and secondary markets
Economies of Nuclearity: Morality and Energopolitics
The Global Shadow Network: Transnational Flows of E-Waste and its Localization in Chin
The Ethics of Waste Labour
Valuing the Dirty Work: Gendered Trashwork in Participatory Daka
Stitching curtains, grinding plastic: the transformation of workers and things in Buenos Aire s- Karen Faulk
Contested meanings of work in Rio de Janeiro's recycling economy
Sympathy and its Material Boundaries: Necropolitics, Labor and Waste on the Hooghly River
Traces of former lives
Economies of moral fiber: materializing the ambiguities of recycling charity into aid blanket
Evident excess: material deposits and American narcotics surveillance
Remont: works in progress
Afterword

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