Special Issue Guest Editors: Nicolas Schlitz, Stefan Laser
Global capitalism and its transnational production networks have grown and changed drastically during the last three decades. This was coupled with an exponential growth, also of waste. The resultant ‘waste problem’ involved various types of waste, found different articulations and provoked variegated practices of waste handling at multiple sites. In this special issue we want to discuss multiple perspectives of waste through the focus on inequalities. Existing studies have investigated the unequal distributions of wealth along the value chains of waste or unraveled the intersectional hierarchies at work in waste management and recycling. However, the mechanisms by which intersectional hierarchies and social inequalities are stabilised and intertwined globally still require further investigation.
Stefan Laser, Nicolas Schlitz
Facing Frictions: Waste and Globalised Inequalities
Scrapping ‘Irregulars’: China’s Recycling Policies, Development Ethos and Peasants Turned Entrepreneurs
Recycling Economies and the Use-Value of Waste: Scrap Shops in Kolkata, India
The ‘Abolishing’ of Manual Scavenging: Negotiations with Caste and Occupation in Ahmedabad
Isabella de Carvalho Vallin, Sylmara Gonçalves Dias
The Double Burden of Environmental Injustice in a Female Waste Pickers Cooperative in Brazil
Robert Hafner, Frank Zirkl
Waste De_marginalised? A Comparative Analysis of the Socio-Economic Effects of In_formal Recycling Activities. Argentina, Brazil and Germany Revisited
Matter in and out of Place: A Story About Wastefulness, Hybridity, and Flows of Plastic
Discard Studies: Doing Science Differently
Who Carries the Weight of Digital Technologies? What is its Weight Anyway?