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[Commlist] New Book: Garbage in Popular Culture

Fri Oct 09 16:50:46 GMT 2020

    /Garbage in Popular Culture/is the first book to explicitly link
    media discourse, consumer culture and the cultural politics of
    garbage in contemporary global society. It makes an original
    contribution to the areas of consumer culture studies, visual
    culture, media and communications, and cultural theory through a
    critical analysis of the ways in which waste and garbage are
    visually communicated in the public realm. Mehita Iqani examines
    three key themes evident in the global representation of garbage:
    questions of agency and activism, cultures of hedonism and luxury,
    and anxieties about devastation and its affect. Each theme is
    explored through a number of case studies, including zero-waste
    recycling campaigns communicated on Instagram, to fine art made with
    waste, popular entertainment festivals, tropical beach tourism, and
    films about oil spills and plastic waste in oceans. Iqani argues
    that we need a new vocabulary to think about what it means to be
    human in this new age of consumption-produced waste, and reflects on
    what rubbish allows us to learn about our relationship with the
    natural world.

    *Table of Contents*

    1. Globalization, Consumption, and Media: Why Rubbish Matters

    2. Agency and Action: Recycling Consumer Subjectivity through Waste

    3. Hedonism and Luxury: Waste and Its Traces in Narratives of Pleasure

    4. Devastation and Affect: Seeking Consumption in Oil and Plastic

    5. Public Objects, Wasted Subjects, Uncertain Futures

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