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Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill

Joshua O. Reno


The most wasteful people in world history know the least about what becomes of their waste. Waste Away reveals how North Americans have been shaped by their preferred means of disposal: sanitary landfill. Based on the author’s fieldwork as a common laborer at a large, transnational landfill on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, the book argues that waste management constitutes a social relationship whereby our most treasured possessions and places are made to last because the transient materials they shed are removed and sent elsewhere. Ethnography conducted with waste workers shows how they ... More

Keywords: waste, North Americans, sanitary landfill, transnational waste trade, waste management, ethnography, waste workers, activists, Michigan, Canada

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288935
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288935.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua O. Reno, author
Binghamton University

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