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Waste and Want A Social History of Trash

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ISBN-10: 0805065121

ISBN-13: 9780805065121

Edition: N/A

Authors: Susan Strasser

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An unprecedented look at that most commonplace act of everyday life-throwing things out-and how it has transformed American society. Susan Strasser's pathbreaking histories of housework and the rise of the mass market have become classics in the literature of consumer culture. Here she turns to an essential but neglected part of that culture-the trash it produces-and finds in it an unexpected wealth of meaning. Before the twentieth century, streets and bodies stank, but trash was nearly nonexistent. With goods and money scarce, almost everything was reused. Strasser paints a vivid picture of an America where scavenger pigs roamed the streets, swill children collected kitchen garbage, and…    
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 9/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Susan Strasser is the author of the award winning "Never Done" & "Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market." Her articles have appeared in "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," & "The Nation." A professor of history at the University of Delaware, she lives near Washington, D.C.

Toward a History of Trashmaking
The Stewardship of Objects
Any Rags, Any Bones
Trash and Reuse Transformed
Having and Disposing in the New Consumer Culture
Making Do and Buying New in Hard Times
Use It Up! Wear It Out! Get in the Scrap!
Good Riddance