Mending, repairing, fixing, restoring, preserving, cleaning, recycling, up-keeping… an immense variety of more or less noticeable practices take part in the maintenance of objects, technologies and infrastructures. In this article we would like to make a first step into questioning such diversity. How can we understand the differences in the ways things are taken care of? What can we learn from the variety of justifications for objects to be mended, fixed, patched up, or patiently restored? In which conditions are these operations considered as important or negligible?
How might thinking through repair in terms of space change how we think about – and practice – repair? In what follows, we describe four cases from our research projects that highlight the spatialities of repair.
Richard S. Newman’s recent book offers a new history of Love Canal, the neighborhood near Niagara Falls that became notoriously contaminated by buried chemical waste. As residents became aware of the leaching chemicals and associated health risks, they organized to investigate the problems and demand government action.
(English below, Spanish here, Portuguese here) Colloque international Sciences, savoirs et pratiques des déchets. Dialogues entre mondes européens et américains 23 et 24 Novembre 2017 A l’Institut des Amériques (IdA), Paris 60, boulevard du Lycée, 8ème étage – 92170 Vanves Ce colloque s’intéresse aux déchets comme objets de sciences, de …
A walk down this little street in Peru’s capital provides a glimpse into an understated network that quietly plays a critical role in reducing the environmental impacts of our global production and consumption patterns of electronic devices.
This special issue aims to provide a state-of-the-art overview of business in society research on waste, from the micro-practices of individual waste producers or waste managers to the global activities of transnational corporations that deal with secondary materials.