Economies of Recycling: The Global Transformation of Materials, Values and Social Relations Paperback – 9 Aug 2012
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'In this superb collection, what had been dismissed as mere waste or simple recycling is found to be immensely productive in the creation of a second tranche of commodities, complex labour relations, new global linkages, the creation of value and highly sophisticated analysis and theory. Only from this point can debate on these topics be genuinely called informed.' Daniel Miller, Professor of Material Culture, University College London 'Garbage dumps in Rio, textile recycling in northern India, mountains of discarded IT equipment in China, global circulations of uranium: this remarkable collection really lifts the lid on the global sociologies, politics and geographies of waste and recycling - in their widest possible sense. The result is an unprecedented richness in understanding how the recycled use of all manner of materials work to sustain large swathes of our world and why this matters fundamentally for our planet's future. A genuine Tour de Force!' Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities and Society, Newcastle University
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Catherine Alexander is a professor of anthropology at Durham University. Joshua Reno is an assistant professor of anthropology at Binghamton University.
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