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date: 26 June 2022

Global Entanglements of Recycling Policy and Practicelocked

Global Entanglements of Recycling Policy and Practicelocked

  • Catherine AlexanderCatherine AlexanderDurham University
  •  and Joshua RenoJoshua RenoState University of New York at Binghamton

Summary

In line with rising public and policy concern about wastes, there has been a distinct rise in scholarly analyses of these and other developments associated with economies of recycling, focusing especially on people’s material and moral encounters with reuse. These range from nuanced investigations into how lives and materials can both be re-crafted by recovering value from discards; following an object through its many social lives; or focusing on a material such as plastic or e-waste and tracking how waste is co-produced at each stage of creation and (re)use. Examining contested property rights in wastes, together with the infrastructures and ethics of engagements with wastes and their recovery or otherwise, reveal how global economies intersect with a rapidly shifting policy environment and systems of waste management. The global entanglement of policies and practices not only shapes what becomes of waste but also how it is variously imagined as pollutant or resource.

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  • Sociocultural Anthropology

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