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From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History : The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary - Zsuzsa Gille

From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History

The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary

Hardcover Published: 4th April 2007
ISBN: 9780253348388
Number Of Pages: 264

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Zsuzsa Gille combines social history, cultural analysis, and environmental sociology to advance a long overdue social theory of waste in this study of waste management, Hungarian state socialism, and post--Cold War capitalism. From 1948 to the end of the Soviet period, Hungary developed a cult of waste that valued reuse and recycling. With privatization the old environmentally beneficial, though not flawless, waste regime was eliminated, and dumping and waste incineration were again promoted. Gille's analysis focuses on the struggle between a Budapest-based chemical company and the small rural village that became its toxic dump site.

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This is a good book, with a masterful balance of common sense and sophisticated social analysis that does not let relevance be defined by academic discourse only.May 2008 -- Judit Bodnar * American Journal of Sociology *
Gille's book is a fascinating analysis of environmental policies and the politics of waste, as well a study of socialism through its relationships with what is usually considered as a byproduct of production and/or consumption. Year XV.2 2009 -- Barbara Potrata * Leeds Institute of Health Studies *

Was State Socialism Wasteful?
Toward a Social Theory of Waste
Discipline and Recycle (1948-1974)
Metallic Socialism
The Primitive Accumulation of Waste in Metallic Socialism
Reform and Reduce (1975-1984)
The Efficiency Model
The Limits of Efficiency
Privatize and Incinerate (1985-present)
The Chemical Model
"Building a Castle out of Shit": The Wastelands of the New Europe
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ISBN: 9780253348388
ISBN-10: 0253348382
Series: Framing the Global
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 4th April 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Type: Annotated