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Book Chapter

Department/Program

English

Publication Date

12-24-2002

Book Title

Culture and Waste: The Creation and Destruction of Value

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield

Editor

Gay Hawkins and Stephen Muecke

City

Lanham, Maryland

First Page

73

Last Page

83

Abstract

Twentieth-century culture is obsessed with waste. We worry about whether or not to recycle it, how to dispose of it, whether it is safe, and what will happen to it when we have finally got rid of it. Detritus has its own taxonomy: “rubbish,” “garbage,” and “litter,” for example, construct it as an essentially random, cumulative phenomenon, a by-product of our daily domestic lives. To call something “waste,” on the other hand, is to invoke its history. Nuclear waste, bodily waste, and medical waste are all the result of specific processes: they gesture back to the productive economies that generated them. Even in these days of recycling, waste is almost always disposed of or repudiated, sometimes indifferently, sometimes contemptuously, and even, on occasion, violently.

ISBN

978-0742519824

Psychic waste: Freud, Fechner and the principle of constancy

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