Global Garbage: Urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Global Garbage

Urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment, 1st Edition

Edited by Christoph Lindner, Miriam Meissner


288 pages | 67 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Global Garbage, Urban Imaginaries Christoph Lindner and Miriam Meissner PART I: Waste 2. Trashtopia: Global Garbage/Art in Francisco de Pájaro and Daniel Canogar Maite Zubiaurre 3. Dirty Familiars: Colonial Encounters in African Cities Stephanie Newell 4. Waste Not, Want Not: Garbage and the Philosopher of the Dump (Waste Land and Estamira) Geoffrey Kantaris 5. The Paradox of Waste: Rio de Janeiro’s Praça XV Flea Market Kirsten Seale 6. Waste Streams and Garbage Publics in Los Angeles and Detroit Anne Berg PART II: Excess 7. Leftover Space, Invisibility and Everyday Life: Rooftops in Iran Pedram Dibazar 8. Writing Rubbish About Naples: the Global Media, Post-politics and the Garbage Crisis of an (Extra-)Ordinary City Nick Dines 9. Dirt Poor/Filthy Rich: Urban Garbage from Radiant City to Abstention Pauline Goul 10. Under the Spectacle: Viewing Trash in the Streets of Central, Hong Kong Anneke Coppoolse PART III: Abandonment 11. Geospatial Detritus: Mapping Urban AbandonmentJoshua Synenko 12. Waste and Value in Urban Transformation: Reflections on a Post-Industrial ‘Wasteland’ in Manchester Brian Rosa 13. On Beckton Alp: Iain Sinclair, Garbage and ‘Obscenery’ Niall Martin 14. Disposable Architecture – Reinterpreting Ruins in the Age of Globalization: the Case of Beirut Judith Naeff

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.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Sustainable Urbanism

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography