ANTH364 - ANTH IN WORLD OF WASTE

Waste is all around us. A product of everyday life, of economic activity, of regimes of bodily care and hygiene, waste is an inescapable aspect of modern life and a central element in the constitution of cultural difference. What does the world look like from the vantage point of its diverse waste streams? Taking up classic and contemporary anthropological approaches to waste, the course asks where is "away" when we throw things away? How does the production, disposal, and management of waste contribute to the construction of social differences of race, class, and gender? We examine disposability as a simultaneously material and social phenomena, considering the cultural history, environmental impacts, and economic afterlives of disposable consumer goods and analyzing the historical processes, social institutions, and cultural formations that render certain lives, bodies, populations and environments disposable.
Section 301 - SEM - DISPOSABILITY: ANTHROPOLOGY IN A WORLD OF WASTE
W 0200PM-0500PM
DOHERTY, JACOB