1st Edition

Global Garbage Urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment

Edited By Christoph Lindner, Miriam Meissner Copyright 2016
    300 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 Abandonment Joshua 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


    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.