Special Issue "Waste, Garbage and Filth: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Recycling"

Quicklinks

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2010)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This issue is expressly devoted to social and cultural issues on recycling. Since the early 1960s, “Sustainable development” emerged as a critical issue in most contemporary societies and in the 1990s, global warming turned into global warning when the “greenhouse effect” turned out to be the cause of the rapid and worldwide ecological changes. In the 19th century, industrial societies were confident in the idea of Progress and the correlated massive productivity. One century later, waste management has become one of the major economic, social and scientific issues worldwide. Social sciences have nevertheless only recently embarked on the wagon of “recycling” studies. But they can unearth highly relevant information regarding the nature (properties) of “Waste”, the culturally-embedded meanings associated to it (such as Mary Douglas’ “pure”-“impure” dichotomy), and the observable social uses surrounding “Garbage”. An anthropological focus on such issues might either concern qualitative and ethnographic localized perspectives (on the individuals’ level), or a more quantitative, comparative and transcultural standpoint. In any case, as Mikael Drackner has cleverly maintained, emphasis is put on a twofold question “What is waste? To whom?” (Drackner, 2005), to which one can add three others “Where? When? And Why?”. And further, how do societies cope with what they call “rubbish”.

Prof. Dr. Lionel Obadia
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • waste
  • recycling
  • cultural meanings
  • collective representations
  • social behaviors

Published Papers (8 papers)

Download All Papers
Sort by:
Display options:
Select articles Export citation of selected articles as:
Select/unselect all
Displaying article 1-8
p. 2799-2813
by ,  and
Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2799-2813; doi:10.3390/su2092799
Received: 15 July 2010; in revised form: 15 August 2010 / Accepted: 25 August 2010 / Published: 3 September 2010
Show/Hide Abstract | Cited by 2 | PDF Full-text (201 KB)
abstract graphic
p. 2785-2798
by  and
Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2785-2798; doi:10.3390/su2092785
Received: 15 July 2010; in revised form: 15 August 2010 / Accepted: 25 August 2010 / Published: 2 September 2010
Show/Hide Abstract | Cited by 7 | PDF Full-text (159 KB)
p. 2070-2083
by , , , , , ,  and
Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 2070-2083; doi:10.3390/su2072070
Received: 17 June 2010; Accepted: 29 June 2010 / Published: 9 July 2010
Show/Hide Abstract | PDF Full-text (221 KB)
p. 1943-1968
by , ,  and
Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 1943-1968; doi:10.3390/su2071943
Received: 15 May 2010; in revised form: 1 June 2010 / Accepted: 28 June 2010 / Published: 2 July 2010
Show/Hide Abstract | Cited by 26 | PDF Full-text (372 KB)
p. 1765-1783
by  and
Sustainability 2010, 2(6), 1765-1783; doi:10.3390/su2061765
Received: 30 April 2010; in revised form: 31 May 2010 / Accepted: 4 June 2010 / Published: 18 June 2010
Show/Hide Abstract | Cited by 4 | PDF Full-text (987 KB)
p. 1632-1644
by  and
Sustainability 2010, 2(6), 1632-1644; doi:10.3390/su2061632
Received: 20 April 2010; in revised form: 6 May 2010 / Accepted: 26 May 2010 / Published: 4 June 2010
Show/Hide Abstract | Cited by 4 | PDF Full-text (256 KB)
p. 1297-1326
by  and
Sustainability 2010, 2(5), 1297-1326; doi:10.3390/su2051297
Received: 24 March 2010; in revised form: 13 April 2010 / Accepted: 4 May 2010 / Published: 11 May 2010
Show/Hide Abstract | Cited by 5 | PDF Full-text (567 KB)
abstract graphic
p. 524-532
by  and
Sustainability 2010, 2(2), 524-532; doi:10.3390/su2020524
Received: 16 December 2009; Accepted: 4 February 2010 / Published: 8 February 2010
Show/Hide Abstract | PDF Full-text (42 KB)
Select/unselect all
Displaying article 1-8
Select articles Export citation of selected articles as:

Last update: 4 March 2014

Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert