Rubbish

Author : William L. Rathje
ISBN : 0816521433
Genre : Social Science
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It is from the discards of former civilizations that archaeologists have reconstructed most of what we know about the past, and it is through their examination of today's garbage that William Rathje and Cullen Murphy inform us of our present. Rubbish! is their witty and erudite investigation into all aspects of the phenomenon of garbage. Rathje and Murphy show what the study of garbage tells us about a population's demographics and buying habits. Along the way, they dispel the common myths about our "garbage crisis"—about fast-food packaging and disposable diapers, about biodegradable garbage and the acceleration of the average family's garbage output. They also suggest methods for dealing with the garbage we do have.
Category: Social Science

Trash

Author : Andy Mulligan
ISBN : 3499215985
Genre :
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Affluenza

Author : John De Graaf
ISBN : 3570500268
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Entsage dem Getümmel, zieh' den Fernsehstecker, kündige deinem Internetprovider, stell' das Radio aus ... reise weniger, kauf' weniger Plunder, meide das Einkaufszentrum, schalte den Anrufbeantworter ab, wirf dein Handy weg, vereinfache dein Leben ... Diese Botschaft vermitteln der Wirtschaftsprofessor Thomas H. Naylor, der Kulturkritiker John de Graaf und der Umweltexperte David Wann auf unterhaltsame Weise, indem sie Ursachen und Wirkung des Konsumverhaltens als Krankheit (eben Affluenza) mit vielfältigen Symptomen (Stress, Überschuldung, Umweltverschmutzung, Bindungsverlust etc.) beschreiben. Basierend auf einem Dokumentarfilm im staatlichen Fernsehen der USA von 1997, werden die materiellen, psychischen und ökologischen Kosten unserer 'Überflussgesellschaft' belegt und Gegenstrategien (Therapien) entwickelt, wie man sich als Individuum dem Konsumdruck entziehen kann. Ein radikaler Ansatz zu einer anderen Lebensqualität, der manchen Lesern weltfremd, anderen doch recht lebensnah vorkommen wird.
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Trash Talks

Author : Elizabeth V. Spelman
ISBN : 9780190239350
Genre : Material culture
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A lively investigation of the intimate connections we maintain with the things we toss away It's hard to think of trash as anything but a growing menace. Our communities face crises over what to do with the mountains of rubbish we produce, the enormous amount of biological waste generated by humans and animals, and the truckloads of electronic equipment judged to be obsolete. All this effluvia poses widespread problems for human health, the well-being of the planet, and the quality of our lives. But though our notorious habits of disposal have put us well on the way to making the earth inhospitable to life, our relation to rejectamenta includes much more than shedding and tossing. In Trash Talks, philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman explores the extent to which we rely on trash and waste to make sense of our lives. Examples are rich: We use people's rubbish to gain information about them. We trumpet wastefulness as a means of signaling social status. We take the occupation of handling trash and garbage as revelatory of possible moral or spiritual shortcomings. We are intrigued by or in distress over the idea that evolution is a prodigiously wasteful process and that it is to the dustbin that each of us, and our species, shall ultimately repair. In the heaps of our trash, some see consequences of dissatisfaction, while others find confirmation of a flourishing consumer economy. While we may want to shove debris and detritus out of sight, many of our most impassioned projects involve keeping these objects resolutely in mind. Trash talks, and there is much of which it speaks.
Category: Material culture

Milestones In Archaeology

Author : Tim Murray
ISBN : 9781576071861
Genre : Reference
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This engaging work uses key discoveries, events, people, techniques, and controversies to give the general reader a rich history of archaeology from its beginnings in the 16th century to the present. * 200 entries present chronological milestones in the history of archaeology * Includes 70 photographs and drawings of people, sites, and artifacts * Three maps locate sites mentioned throughout the text * Includes an extensive bibliography for introductory essays and each entry
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Scarlett

Author : Alexandra Ripley
ISBN : 3453406427
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Garbage In Garbage Out

Author : Vivian E. Thomson
ISBN : 9780813928715
Genre : Nature
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Your garbage is going places you’d never imagine. What used to be sent to the local dump now may move hundreds of miles by truck and barge to its final resting place. Virtually all forms of pollution migrate, subjected to natural forces such as wind and water currents. The movement of garbage, however, is under human control. Its patterns of migration reveal much about power sharing among state, local, and national institutions, about the Constitution’s protection of trash transport as a commercial activity, and about competing notions of social fairness. In Garbage In, Garbage Out, Vivian Thomson looks at Virginia’s status as the second-largest importer of trash in the United States and uses it as a touchstone for exploring the many controversies around trash generation and disposal. Political conflicts over waste management have been felt at all levels of government. Local governments who want to manage their own trash have fought other local governments hosting huge landfills that depend on trash generated hundreds of miles away. State governments have tried to avoid becoming the dumping grounds for cities hundreds of miles away. The constitutional questions raised in these battles have kept interstate trash transport on Congress’s agenda since the early 1990s. Whether the resulting legislative proposals actually address our most critical garbage-related problems, however, remains in question. Thomson sheds much-needed light on these problems. Within the context of increased interstate trash transport and the trend toward privatization of waste management, she examines the garbage issue from a number of perspectives--including the links between environmental justice and trash management, a critical evaluation of the theoretical and empirical relationship between economic growth and environmental improvement, and highlighting the ways in which waste management practices in the US differ from those in the European Union and Japan. Thomson then provides specific, substantive recommendations for our own policymakers. Everything eventually becomes trash. As we explore the long, often surprising, routes our garbage takes, we begin to understand that it is something more than a mere nuisance that regularly "disappears" from our curbside. Rather, trash generation and management reflect patterns of consumption, political choices over whether garbage is primarily pollution or commerce, the social distribution of environmental risk, and how our daily lives compare with those of our counterparts in other industrialized nations.
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Expanding Archaeology

Author : James M. Skibo
ISBN : 0874807069
Genre : Social Science
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Attempts to define behavioral archaeology comprehensively as the study of material objects regardless of time or space to describe and explain human behavior.
Category: Social Science