Waste Theory & Discard Studies
Here’s a list of 40 important texts for studying Waste theory or discard studies (ordered by date published):
1. Douglas, M. (1966) Purity and Danger: an analysis of concepts of pollution and taboo. Routledge.
2. Thompson, M. (1979) Rubbish Theory: the creation and destruction of value. Oxford: Oxford University Press
3. Appadurai, A. (1986) The Social life of things: commodities, in cultural perspective.
4. Tanner, T. (1987) Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
5. Blumberg, L. and Gottlieb, R. (1989) War on Waste: Can America win its battle with garbage? Washington, DC: Island Press.
6. Rathje, W. & Murphy, C. (1992) Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
7. Faber, D. (1993) Environment under Fire: Imperialism and the Ecological Crisis in Central America. New York: Monthly Review Press.
8. Crooks, H. (1993) Giants of Garbage: The rise of the global waste industry and the politics of pollution control. Toronto: Lorimer.
9. Watkins, E. (1993) Throwaways: Work Culture and Consumer Education. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
10. Alexander, J. (1993) In Defense of Garbage. Westport, Conn.: Praeger.
11. Hine, T. (1995) The Total Package: the secret history and hidden meanings of boxes, bottles, cans, and other persuasive containers. Toronto: Little, Brown and Company.
12. Bilitewski, B. (1997) Waste Management. New York: Springer.
13. Humphrey, K. (1998) Shelf Life: supermarkets and the changing cultures of consumption. Cambridge: Cambridge university press.
14. Clemons, J. (1998) Emerging from sewage and waste: a postmodern landscape. Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, 60. 9-21.
15. Tammemagi, H. (1999) The Waste Crisis: Landfills, Incinerators, and the Search for a Sustainable Future. New York: Oxford University Press.
16. Cross, G. (2000) An All-American Century: why commercialism won in modern America. New York: Columbia Press.
17. Donohue, K. (2003) Freedom from want: American Liberalism and the idea of the consumer. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
18. Bauman, Z. (2004). Wasted Lives: Modernity and its outcasts. Cambridge: Polity press
19. Enger, M. (2004) Designing America’s waste landscape. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
20. Houser, H. (2004) Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction. New York: Columbia University Press.
21. Melosi, M. (2005) Garbage in the cities: refuse reform and the environment. Pittsburg, PA: University of Pittsburg press.
22. Scanlan, John. (2005) On Garbage. London: Reaktion Books
23. Girling, R. (2005) Rubbish! Dirt on our hands and crisis ahead. London: Eden Project Books.
24. Royte, E. (2005) Garbage Land. Little Brown and Company, New York.
25. Hawkins, G. (2006) The Ethics of Waste: How we relate to rubbish. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
26. Brantlinger, Patrick & Higgins, Richard. (2006) Waste and Value: Thorstein Veblen and H.G. Wells. Criticism. 48:4. 453-475.
27. MacBride, S. (2008) The immortality of waste: depression era perspectives in the digital age. SubStance, 37(2). 71-77
28. Dauvergne, P. (2008) The Shadows of Consumption. Cambridge, MA: MIT press.
29. Beck, J. (2009) Dirty wars: landscape, power and waste in western American literature. Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
30. Ekbladh, D. (2010) The Great American Mission: Modernisation and Construction of an American World Order.
31. Pye, G. (2010) Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescene in Cultural Perspective. Vol. 11. Oxford: Peter Lang.
32. Anderson, C. T. (2010) Sacred Waste: Ecology, Spirit and the American Garbage Poem. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 17(1)
33. Foote, S. & Mazzolini, E. (2012) Histories of the Dustheap: waste, material cultures, social justice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
34. Humes, E. (2013) Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. London: Penguin Books.
35. Viney, W. (2014) Waste: A Philosophy of Things. London: Bloomsbury Academic
36. Morrison, S.S. (2015) The Literature of Waste: Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
37. Reno, J. (2016) Waste Away – Working and Living with a North American Landfill. University of California Press, Oakland California
38. Spelman, E.V. (2016) Trash Talks: Revelations in the Rubbish. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
39. Dini, R. (2016) Consumerism, waste and re-use in twentieth century fiction. Palgrave.
40. Athanassakis, Y. (2017) Environmental Justice in Contemporary US Narratives. Routledge Environmental Humanities.