This list is a live document. Please suggest additions! Note that this list focuses on work in the humanities and social sciences, rather than more technical work in planning, design, science, engineering, or architecture. Literature in this list have gone through a (very) basic review process.










2005- 2009

2000- 2004





  • Larson, L. (1969). Nineteenth-Century Street Sanitation: A Study of Filth and Frustration. The Wisconsin Magazine of History 52(3): 9.
  • Packard, Vance. (1960). The Waste Makers. New York, D. McKay Co.
  • Ukeles, M.L. (1969) Maintenance art manifesto, in K. Stiles and P.H. Selz, (eds.) Theories and documents of contemporary art: A source book of artists’ writings. Oakland: University of California Press.


  • Griscom, John. (1845). The Sanitary Condition of the Laboring Population of New York. New York, Harper & Brothers.
  • Kallet, A., & Schlink, F. J. (1933). 100,000,000 guinea pigs: Dangers in everyday foods, drugs, and cosmetics. Vanguard Press.
  • Riis, Jacob. (1890). How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. New York: Penguin.
  • Simmel, Georg. (1959). The Ruin. In Georg Simmel, 1858-1918. A Collection of Essays, with Translations and a Bibliography. Ohio State University Press, 1959, 259-265.
  • Stegner, W. (1959). The Town Dump. The Atlantic Monthly, October: 78-80.

4 thoughts on “Texts

  1. Fantastic blog and resource list! Thank you so much for putting it together. I’m a food waste researcher based in Toronto, Ontario and am always excited to see other work being done. You may be interested in adding Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies’ special issue on Waste (10/11): http://www.uiowa.edu/~ijcs/waste/waste.html.

    • Thanks! We’ll look through it and make sure its articles get into our bibliography update this summer!

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