Gordillo, G. R. (2014). Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction. Duke University Press.
Viney, W. (2014). Waste: A Philosophy of Things. Bloomsbury Publishing.



Gabrys, J., Hawkins, G., & Michael, M. (Eds). 2013. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. Routledge.

Krupar, Shiloh R. (2013). Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste. Minneapolis: University Of Minnesota Press.

Nagle, Robin. 2013. Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Stoler, Ann Laura (Ed). 2013. Imperial Debris: On Ruins and RuinationDuke University Press.

Stokes, Raymond, Roman Koster, and Stephen Sambrook. (2013). The Business of Waste: Great Britain and Germany, 1945 to the Present. Cambridge University Press.

Walter-Toews, D. (2013) The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells us About Evolution, Ecology and a Sustainable Society. Toronto: ECW Press.


Zimring, Carl and William Rathje (eds). 2012. Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage. SAGE Publications.

Foote, Stephanie, and Elizabeth Mazzolini (Eds). 2012. Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice. MIT Press.


Bardini, T. 2011. Junkware. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.

Dalrymple, T. 2011. Litter: How Other People’s Rubbish Shapes Your Life. London, Gibson Square Books.

Falasca-Zamponi, S. 2011. Waste and Consumption: Capitalism, the environment, and the life of things. New York, NY, Routledge.

Farley, P. and M. S. Roberts. 2011. Edgelands: Journeys into England’s true wilderness. London, Jonathan Cape.

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2011. Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics. Michigan, University of Michigan Press.

Jorgensen, Finn Arne. 2011. Making a Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Korsmeyer, Carolyn. 2011. Savoring disgust: The foul and the fair in aesthetics. New York, Oxford University Press.

MacBride, Samantha. 2011. Recycling Reconsidered The Present Failure and Future Promise of Environmental Action in the United States. MIT Press.

Schneider, Daniel. 2011. Hybrid Nature: Sewage Treatment and the Contradictions of the Industrial Ecosystem. MIT Press.

Smith, V. and Wellcome Collection. 2011. Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life. London, Profile.

Whiteley, Gillian. 2011. Junk: Art and the politics of trash. London New York, NY, I. B. Tauris; Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave Macmillan.

Young, Sera L. 2011. Craving Earth: Understanding pica, the urge to eat clay, starch, ice, and chalk. New York; Chichester, Columbia University Press.


Alaimo, S. 2010. Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Bennet, J. 2010. Vibrant Matter: a political ecology of things. Duke University Press: London.

Brouwer, J., A. Mulder, et al., Eds. 2010. The Politics of the Impure. Rotterdam, V2_Publishing.

Dürr, Eveline, and Rivke Jaffe. 2010. Urban Pollution: Cultural Meanings, Social Practices. New York, Berghahn Books.

Frost, Randy and Gayle Steketee. 2010. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Kelley, Victoria. 2010. Soap and Water: Cleanliness, dirt and the working classes in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. London ; New York, I. B. Tauris.

Molotch, Harvey. L. and Laura Norén. 2010. Toilet: Public restrooms and the politics of sharing. New York, New York University Press.

Pye, Gillian (ed). 2010. Trash Culture: Objects and obsolescence in cultural perspective. Oxford ; New York, Peter Lang.

Rootes, C and Leonard, L. (eds.) 2010. Environmental Movements and Waste Infrastructure. Routledge.

Selin, Henrik. 2010. Global Governance of Hazardous Chemicals: Challenges of Multilevel Management. MIT Press.

Serres, Michel. 2010. Malfeasance: Appropriation Through Pollution? Standford University Press.


Aguiar, Luis L. M. and Herod, Andrew (eds). 2006. The Dirty Work of Neoliberalism: Cleaners in the Global Economy.Basil Blackwell: Oxford.

Allen, Michelle. 2008. Cleansing the City: Sanitary Geographies in Victorian London. Athens, Ohio University Press.

Ashenburg, K. 2007. The Dirt on Clean: An unsanitized history. New York, North Point Press.

Beck, John. 2009: Dirty Wars: Landscape, Power, and Waste in Western American Literature. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Biow, D. 2006. The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy. Ithaca, Cornell University Press.

Black, M. and Fawcett, B. 2008. The Last Taboo: Opening the Door on the Global Sanitation Crisis. New York: Earthscan.

Brown, K. M. 2009. Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in early America. New Haven, Yale University Press.

Burns, Loree Griffins. 2007. Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion. Boston, Houghton Mifflin.

Burnstein, Daniel Eli. 2006. Next to Godliness: Confronting Dirt and Despair in Progressive Era New York City. Urbana, Ill., University of Illinois Press.

Campkin, B. and R. Cox. 2007. Dirt: New geographies of cleanliness and contamination. London, Tauris.

Clark, C. 2005. The Great Stink. Orlando, Harcourt.

Cockayne, E. 2007. Hubbub: Filth, noise, and stench in England, 1600-1770. New Haven ; London, Yale University Press.

Cohen, William and Ryan Johnson. 2005. Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.

Dauvergne, Peter. 2008. The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.

Davies, Anna. 2007. The Geographies of Garbage Governance: Interventions, Interactions, and Outcomes. Aldershot, Burlington Ashgate Pub. Co.

Ebbesmeyer, Curtis and Eric Scigliano. 2009. Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How one man’s obsession with runaway sneakers and rubber ducks revolutionized ocean science. New York, NY, Smithsonian Books : Collins.

Edensor, Tim. 2005. Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality. London: Berg Publishing.

Eveleigh, D. J. 2008. Privies and Waterclosets. Princes Risborough, Shire.

Ferrell, Jeff. 2006. Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging. New York: New York University Press.

High, Steven and David Lewis. 2007. Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization. Cornell University Press.

King, William Davies. 2008. Collections of Nothing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

George, Rose. 2008. The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters. Metropolitan Books.

Gille, Zsuzsa. 2007. From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary. Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Press.

Girling, Richard. 2005. Rubbish!: Dirt on our hands and crisis ahead. London, Eden Project Books.

Grossman, Elizabeth. 2006. High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health. Washington, Island Press : Shearwater Books.

Halliday, Stephan. 2007. The Great Filth: The war against disease in Victorian England. Stroud, Sutton.

Hamlin, Christopher. 2009. Cholera: The biography. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Hawkins, Gay. 2006. The Ethics of Waste: How we Relate to Rubbish. Lanham, Md., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Jensen, Derrick and Aric McBay. 2009. What We Leave Behind. New York, Seven Stories Press.

Lewis, Mindy. 2009. Dirt: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.

Luis L. M. Aguiar and Andrew Herod, editors. 2006. The Dirty Work of Neoliberalism: Cleaners in the Global Economy. Basil Blackwell: Oxford. [Issue published simultaneously as a special issue of Antipode, 38.3: 425-666.]

Medina, M. 2007. The World’s Scavengers: Salvaging for Sustainable Consumption and Production. Plymouth: AltaMira Press.

Morrison, Susan. 2008. Excrement in the Late Middle Ages: Sacred filth and Chaucer’s fecopoetics. New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

O’Brien, Martin. 2007. A Crisis of Waste?: Understanding the Rubbish Society. New York, Routledge.

Orlando, Francesco. 2006. Obsolete Objects in the Literary Imagination: Ruins, Relics, Rarities, Rubbish, Uninhabited Places, and Hidden Treasures. Yale University Pres.

Patton, K. 2007. The sea can wash away all evils. Modern marine pollution and the ancient cathartic ocean. Columbia university press: New York.

Pellow, David N. 2007. Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Pezzullo, Phaedra. 2007. Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice. Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press.

Rogers, Heather. 2005. Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. New York; London, New Press: Distributed by W.W. Norton & Company.

Royte, Elizabeth. 2005. Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash. New York, Little, Brown.

Scandura, Jani. 2007. Down in the Dumps: place, modernity, American Depression. Duke University Press.

Scanlan, John. 2005. On Garbage. London, Reaktion Books.

Smith, Virgina. 2007. Clean: A history of personal hygiene and purity. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Stuart, Tristam. 2009. Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal. W. W. Norton & Company.

Sze, Julie. 2006. Noxious New York The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice. MIT Press.

Tang, K. and J. Yeoh. 2008. WASTEnomics. London, Middlesex University Press.

Van Wyck, Peter C. 2005. Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear Threat. Minneapolis: University Of Minnesota Press.

Wood, Pamela J. 2005. Dirt: Filth and decay in a new world arcadia. Auckland, N.Z., Auckland University Press.

Wright, M.W. 2006. Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism. New York: Routledge.

Yablon, Nick. 2009. Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Zimring, Carl. 2005. Cash for your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America. New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press.


Amato, J. A. 2000. Dust: A history of the small and the invisible. Berkeley, Calif., University of California Press.

Botha, Ted. 2004. Mongo: Adventures in Trash. New York, Bloomsbury.

Gregson, Nicky, and Louise Crewe. 2003. Second-hand Cultures. Cornwall, PMG Books.

Hawkins, Gay and Stephen Muecke. 2003. Culture and Waste: The Creation and Destruction of Value. Oxford, Rowman & Littlefield.

Holmes, Hannah. 2001. The Secret Life of Dust: From the cosmos to the kitchen counter, the big consequences of little things. New York, Wiley.

Klaver, Elizabeth (ed). 2004. Images of the Corpse: From the Renaissance to cyberspace. Madison, Wis. ; London, University of Wisconsin Press/Popular Press.

Laporte, Dominique. 2000. History of Shit. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.

Longhurst, R. 2001. Bodies: Exploring Fluid Boundaries, London: Routledge.

McDonough, William and Michael Braungart. 2002. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things. New York, North Point Press.

Menninghaus, Winfried. 2003. Disgust: the Theory and History of a Strong Sensation. State University of New York Press.

Miller, Benjamin. 2000. Fat of the Land: Garbage in New York : the last two hundred years. New York, Four Walls Eight Windows.

O’Neill, Kate. 2000. Waste Trading among Rich Nations: Building a New Theory of Environmental Regulation. MIT Press.

Pellow, David N. 2002. Garbage Wars: The struggle for environmental justice in Chicago. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.

Shove, Elizabeth. 2003. Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience. Oxford, Berg Publishers.

Sivulka, Juliann. 2001. Stronger Than Dirt: A cultural history of advertising personal hygiene in America, 1875-1940. Amherst, N.Y., Humanity Books.


Ackerman, Frank. 1997. Why Do We Recycle: Markets, Values, and Public Policy. Washington, D.C., Island Press.

Alexander, Judd. 1993. In Defense of Garbage. Westport, Conn., Praeger.

Bullard, Robert. 1994. Dumping in Dixie: Race, class, and environmental quality, 2nd edn. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.

Colten, Craig and Peter Skinner. 1996. The Road to Love Canal: Managing Industrial Waste Before EPA. Austin, University of Texas Press.

Duffy, John. 1990. The Sanitarians: A History of American Public Health. Urbana, University of Illinois Press.

Gandy, M. 1994. Recycling and the Politics of Urban Waste. New York: St. Martin’s Press

Hamlin, Christopher. 1990. A science of impurity: water analysis in nineteenth century Britain. Berkeley, University of California Press.

Halliday, Stehpan. 1999. The Great Stink of London: Sir Joseph Bazalgette and the cleansing of the Victorian capital. Stroud, Sutton.

Hoy, Suellen. 1995. Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness. New York, Oxford University Press.

Kuletz, Valerie. 1998. The Tainted Desert: Environmental Ruin in the American West. New York: Routledge.

Logan, W. B. 1995. Dirt: The ecstatic skin of the earth. New York, Riverhead Books.

Lynch, Kevin and Michael Southworth. 1990. Wasting away. San Francisco, Sierra Club Books.

Markowit, Gerald, and David Rosner. 1994. Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease in Twentieth-Century AmericaPrinceton University Press.

Miller, William Ian. 1997. The Anatomy of Disgust. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.

Murray, Robin. 1999. Creating Wealth from Waste. London, Demos.

Perry, Stuart. 1998. Collecting Garbage: Dirty Work, Clean Jobs, Proud People. Transaction Publishers.

Rathje, William and Cullen Murphy. 1992. Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage. New York, NY, HarperCollins Publishers.

Reid, Donald. 1991. Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Realities and representations. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.

Reich, Michael. 1991. Toxic Politics: Responding to Chemical Disasters. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Sibley, D. 1995. Geographies of Exclusion: Society and Difference in the West. New York: Routledge.

Strasser, Susan. 1999. Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash. New York, Metropolitan Books.

Tarr, Joel. 1996. The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective. Akron, Ohio, University of Akron press.

Tekin, Lattice. 1996. Berji Kristin: Tales from the Garbage Hills. New York: Marion Boyars.

Ticktin H. 1992. Origins of the Crisis in the USSR: Essays on the Political Economy of a Disintegrating System. Armonk, NY: M E Sharpe.

Wynne, Brian. 1987. Risk Management and Hazardous Waste: Implementation and the Dialectics of Credibility. Springer London, Limited.


Corbin, Alain. 1986. The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imagination. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press.

Douglas, Mary. 1984. Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo. London, Ark Paperbacks.

Kristeva, Julia. 1982. Powers of Horror: An essay on abjection. New York, Columbia University Press.

Melosi, Martin. 1980. Pollution and Reform in American Cities, 1870-1930. Austin, University of Texas Press.

Melosi, Martin. 1981. Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform, and the Environment: 1880-1980. College Station, TX, Texas A&M University Press.


Thompson, Michael. 1979. Rubbish Theory: The Creation and Destruction of Value. Oxford; New York, Oxford University Press.


Packard, Vance. 1960. The Waste Makers. New York, D. McKay Co.

19th century

Griscom, John. 1845. The Sanitary Condition of the Laboring Population of New York. New York, Harper & Brothers.

Riis, Jacob. 1890. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. New York: Penguin.