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An unprecedented look at that most commonplace act of everyday life-throwing things out-and how it has transformed American society.
Susan Strasser's pathbreaking histories of housework and the rise of the mass market have become classics in the literature of consumer culture. Here she turns to an essential but neglected part of that culture-the trash it produces-and finds in it an unexpected wealth of meaning.
Before the twentieth century, streets and bodies stank, but trash was nearly nonexistent. With goods and money scarce, almost everything was reused. Strasser paints a vivid picture of an America where scavenger pigs roamed the streets, swill children collected kitchen garbage, and itinerant peddlers traded manufactured goods for rags and bones. Over the last hundred years, however, Americans have become hooked on convenience, disposability, fashion, and constant technological change-the rise of mass consumption has led to waste on a previously unimaginable scale.
Lively and colorful, Waste and Want recaptures a hidden part of our social history, vividly illustrating that what counts as trash depends on who's counting, and that what we throw away defines us as much as what we keep.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-338) and index.

About the Author

Susan Strasser is the author of the award-winning Never Done: A History of American Housework and Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market. She lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805048308
Subtitle:
A Social History of Trash
Publisher:
Henry Holt
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Conservation of natural resources
Subject:
Americana
Subject:
Refuse and refuse disposal
Subject:
Recycling
Subject:
Ecology - Recycling
Subject:
Recycling (waste, etc.)
Subject:
Waste (economics)
Subject:
Recycling (Waste, etc.) -- Social aspects.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
1999
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
355 p.
Dimensions:
9.60x6.50x1.19 in. 1.44 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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