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Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash

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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.

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. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation. A professor of history at the University of Delaware, she lives near Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805065121
Designed:
Austen, Alice
Author:
McMillian, Michelle
Author:
Strasser, Susan
Author:
Austen, Alice
Publisher:
Owl Books (NY)
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Americana
Subject:
Refuse and refuse disposal
Subject:
Recycling
Subject:
Ecology - Recycling
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology - Recycling
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Number:
1st Owl Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 38
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 bandw photographs
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.29 x 6.19 x 1.035 in

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