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An unprecedented look at that most commonplace act of everyday life--throwing things out--and how it has transformed American society. Susan Strasser's pathbreaking histories of housework and the rise of the mass market have become classics in the literature of consumer culture. Here she turns to an essential but neglected part of that culture--the trash it produces--and finds in it an unexpected wealth of meaning. Before the twentieth century, streets and bodies stank, but trash was nearly nonexistent. With goods and money scarce, almost everything was reused. Strasser paints a vivid picture of an America where scavenger pigs roamed the streets, swill children collected kitchen garbage, and itinerant peddlers traded manufactured goods for rags and bones. Over the last hundred years, however, Americans have become hooked on convenience, disposability, fashion, and constant technological change--the rise of mass consumption has led to waste on a previously unimaginable scale. Lively and colorful, Waste and Want recaptures a hidden part of our social history, vividly illustrating that what counts as trash depends on who's counting, and that what we throw away defines us as much as what we keep.
tv diskurs, Band 96 Die Themen des aktuellen Schwerpunktes u.a.: "Bring doch mal den Müll rein" Kontexte von Trash-TV von Dr. Gerd Hallenberger Arenen der Niedertracht Promi Bullying und Beschämung in Unterhaltungsformaten von Dr. Uwe Breitenborn Bin ich peinlich? Interview mit Dr. Julia Döring Der beste Film aller Zeiten Persönlicher Mediengeschmack von Clemens Schwender und Selina Flechsig Guilty Pleasure Die Lust am Überschreiten moralischer Grenzen Interview mit Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg Peinlich vergnügt Interviews mit jungen Erwachsenen Ich sehe was, ws du nicht sehen würdest - und das habe ich mir auch verdient von Dorothea Adler, Benjamin P. Lange, Frank Schwab Camp - eine Theorie des schlechten Geschmacks von Clemens Schwender Kolumne Trash-TV-Liebe von Anja Rützel
Out of sight, out of mind ... Into our trash cans go dead batteries, dirty diapers, bygone burritos, broken toys, tattered socks, eight-track cassettes, scratched CDs, banana peels.... But where do these things go next? In a country that consumes and then casts off more and more, what actually happens to the things we throw away? In Garbage Land, acclaimed science writer Elizabeth Royte leads us on the wild adventure that begins once our trash hits the bottom of the can. Along the way, we meet an odor chemist who explains why trash smells so bad; garbage fairies and recycling gurus; neighbors of massive waste dumps; CEOs making fortunes by encouraging waste or encouraging recycling-often both at the same time; scientists trying to revive our most polluted places; fertilizer fanatics and adventurers who kayak amid sewage; paper people, steel people, aluminum people, plastic people, and even a guy who swears by recycling human waste. With a wink and a nod and a tightly clasped nose, Royte takes us on a bizarre cultural tour through slime, stench, and heat-in other words, through the back end of our ever-more supersized lifestyles. By showing us what happens to the things we've "disposed of," Royte reminds us that our decisions about consumption and waste have a very real impact-and that unless we undertake radical change, the garbage we create will always be with us: in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we consume. Radiantly written and boldly reported, Garbage Land is a brilliant exploration into the soiled heart of the American trash can.