This is a call, grounded in my own speechlessness, for scholars to articulate the conditions under which the seemingly extreme cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are not anomalies, but symptoms of a wider system of values that dictate which lives are disposable and which are not, what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
It is also a call to take to the streets. As Mary Douglas has taught us, “dirt” is all about maintaining good citizenship. The failure to indict is a clear statement that no crime has been committed: police brutality is an acceptable form of citizenship. But it isn’t. It’s dirty. It’s filthy.
On Black Friday, a massive amount of highly polluting, future consumer electronic waste is about to be unleashed, according to a new report by the national policy center Demos. Without convenient and guaranteed safe outlets, e-waste has become the “world’s fastest growing and potentially most dangerous waste problem,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
A new article by Anna Stanley in Antipode, “Wasted Life: Labour, Liveliness, and the Production of Value” investigates the link between the uranium extractive industry and Dne environmental health in terms of a powerful calculus that creates wastage and invisibility.
By Arn Keeling “Project Dystopia,” “The Information Tomb” and the “Giant Facility for Environmental Hazards” were among the conceptual models developed for markers and warning systems at Yellowknife’s Giant Mine by a class of cultural geography students at Memorial University. The abandoned Giant Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories is the …
How do you study cityness through waste? Cityness has been used to describe both “how urban citizens give meaning to the city they live in and how this creation of meaning alters the way the city is represented” and as “an instrument to capture something that otherwise might easily get lost: types of urbanity that are non-Western.”
This session collects empirical case studies that utilize a political ecology lens to shed light on the problems of industrial waste.
Dimensions of Political Ecology: DOPE2015
February 26-28, 2015, Lexington, Kentucky
The social and cultural impact of reuse or repurposing upon consumption practices in everyday life is particularly important to reconsider in an age of social and technological acceleration, and an increasingly unsustainable expansion of global consumerism. Reuse and repurposing in design terms have more than a symbolic social or cultural value, as a form of material anti-consumption, or as ‘design activism’ against mainstream consumerism…