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Your Trash is Someone's Treasure: the Politics of Value at a Michigan Landfill

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dc.contributor.author Reno, Joshua
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-17T20:29:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-17T20:29:51Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03
dc.identifier.citation Reno, Joshua. 2009. Your Trash is Someone's Treasure: the Politics of Value at a Michigan Landfill. Journal of Material Culture 14(1): 29-46 en_US
dc.identifier.other doi: 10.1177/1359183508100007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1951/57477
dc.description.abstract This article discusses scavenging and dumping as alternative approaches to deriving value from rubbish at a large Michigan landfill. Both practices are attuned to the indeterminacy and power of abandoned things, but in different ways. Whereas scavenging relies on acquiring familiarity with an object by getting to know its particular qualities, landfilling and other forms of mass disposal make discards fungible and manipulable by stripping them of their former identities. By way of examining the different ways in which people become invested in the politics of value at the landfill, whether as part of expressions of gender and class or for personal enjoyment, different comportments toward materiality are revealed to have underlying social and moral implications. In particular, it is argued that different approaches to the evaluation of rubbish involve competing understandings of human and material potential. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The research upon which this was based was generously funded by the Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life (CEEL) and the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Material Culture en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Reno;1
dc.subject materiality en_US
dc.subject politics of value en_US
dc.subject waste technologies en_US
dc.subject scavenging en_US
dc.subject rubbish en_US
dc.title Your Trash is Someone's Treasure: the Politics of Value at a Michigan Landfill en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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