Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage

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University of Arizona Press, 2001 - 263 Seiten
It is from the discards of former civilizations that archaeologists have reconstructed most of what we know about the past, and it is through their examination of today's garbage that William Rathje and Cullen Murphy inform us of our present. Rubbish! is their witty and erudite investigation into all aspects of the phenomenon of garbage. Rathje and Murphy show what the study of garbage tells us about a population's demographics and buying habits. Along the way, they dispel the common myths about our "garbage crisis"Ñabout fast-food packaging and disposable diapers, about biodegradable garbage and the acceleration of the average family's garbage output. They also suggest methods for dealing with the garbage we do have.
 

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An eye-opening excursion through the world of rubbish, as Rathie leads us through scenarios like how everything is recycled in Mexico, finding an intact yacht under the streets of New York and how ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

Fascinating, counterintuitive, and useful. My previous books from the “landfill” reading program (Waste and Want and Gone Tomorrow) were both by journalists and full of the typical litany about the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION
11
Yes Wonderful Things 3
11
Garbage and History
30
What We Say What We Do
53
PART 1
62
Into the Unknown
81
The Myths of Biodegradation
110
A Garbage Census?
133
The Diaper Dilemma
151
The Technological Fix
171
Closing the Loop
188
Lifestyle Override
214
The Ten Commandments
234
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (2001)

William Rathje is Director of the Garbage Project in the Bureau of Applied Reserach in Anthropology and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Cullen Murphy is Managing Editor of and a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly. He lives in Boston.

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