Global Garbage: Urban Imaginaries of Waste, Excess, and Abandonment

New Book: Christoph Lindner and Miriam Meissner, eds. Global global garbageGarbage: Urban Imaginaries of Waste, Excess, and Abandonment (Routledge, 2016)

Global Garbage examines the ways in which garbage, in its diverse forms, is being produced, managed, experienced, imagined, circulated, concealed, and aestheticized in contemporary urban environments and across different creative and cultural practices. The book explores the increasingly complex relationship between globalization and garbage in locations such as Beirut, Detroit, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Naples, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Tehran. In particular, the book examines how, and under what conditions, contemporary imaginaries of excess, waste, and abandonment perpetuate – but also sometimes counter – the imbalances of power that are frequently associated with the global metropolitan condition. This interdisciplinary collection will appeal to the fields of anthropology, architecture, film and media studies, geography, urban studies, sociology, and cultural analysis.

About the editors :

Christoph Lindner is Professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam.

Miriam Meissner is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Lancaster University.


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