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A Public Sociology of Waste

By Myra J. Hird

Published

Jun 22, 2022

Page count

216 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529206555

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 22, 2022

Page count

216 pages

Series

Public Sociology

ISBN

978-1529206593

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
A Public Sociology of Waste

Is it possible to tackle waste by recycling, reusing and reducing consumption on an individual level alone?

This provocative book critically analyses the widespread narrative around waste as a ‘household’ issue.

Expert scholar Myra J. Hird uncovers neoliberal capitalism’s fallacy of infinite growth as the real culprit and shows how industry and local governments work in tandem to deflect attention away from the real causes of our global waste crisis.

Hird offers crucial insights on the relations between waste and wider societal issues such as poverty, racism, sexism, Indigeneity, decolonisation and social justice, showcasing how sociology can contribute to a ‘public imagination’ of waste.

“This is an essential and awaited reading for sociologists interested in the ubiquitous role of waste in society. It rigorously demonstrates how and why the burden of waste is unequally distributed.” Tora Holmberg, Uppsala University

"In her powerful analysis and critique of waste ‘management’, Hird illuminates the neglected socio-ethical implications of waste and of our understanding of it." Romain Garcier, University of Lyon

Myra J. Hird is Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University in Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

1. The Public Problem of Waste

2. Framing Waste

3. The Public Problem of Recycling

4. The Public Problem of Plastics

5. The Public Problem of PPE Waste and Being Prepared

6. A Public Sociology of Waste