Robin Nagle’s research considers the category of material culture known generically as “garbage,” with an emphasis on the many forms of labor and infrastructure it requires as well as the organizational demands it imposes on urban areas. She has recently published Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City with Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2013).  Robin Nagle is the Director of the Draper Program, an interdisciplinary master’s program within NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.

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  1. This is an excellent way to discuss discard practices and it will provide a means for solutions to complex discard theories among various sub-groups. Kudo’s to you!!!!

  2. What a terrific blog! Thanks for sharing your insights on garbage, material culture, and cities. When I was the archivist at Springfield College, I helped a New York law firm access the physiology research that supported the New York sanitation workers back in the 1950s.

    • Thanks, Paige! Do you by chance remember if the law firm ever published anything about that research? or do you remember where you found the information for them? I’m perpetually eager for data about the details of sanitation work.

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