This book examines the link between waste and consumption through a cultural approach that integrates environmental concerns with reflections on the role that consumption has come to occupy in our contemporary capitalist societies. The mutual relationship between capitalism and consumption is addressed along with early critiques of industrialization that exposed environmental problems. Toxic waste and its illegal dumping are examined, along with the problem of abuse of poorere areas and nations when it comes to disposing of toxic material. The question of solutions to the problems created by consumption and waste is raised and the claim is advanced that we do not necessarily need to stop being consumers. This timely book can be used in introductory sociology, social problems, and classes on environment and sustainability.
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Table of Contents
1. Global Warming, Consumption, and Our Way of Life 2. Capitalism and Consumption 3. The Production of Waste 4. Abused Waste 5. Another Look at Consumption 6. Excess and Waste Revisited
Simonetta Falasca-Zamponi is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches course in social theory and cultural analysis. She is the author of Fascist Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Power in Mussolini’s Italy and of numerous other works on the relationship between politics and culture.