The Ethics of Waste: How We Relate to Rubbish


We spend a good amount of time in our lives managing waste: washing ourselves, taking out the trash, sorting recyclables, going to the toilet, deleting e-mail, picking out old clothes to give to charity, filling the compost bin, multitasking to save time, clipping coupons to save money. But waste is much more than what we want to get rid of or avoid. Far beyond terms like rubbish, trash, or litter, the idea of waste can provoke a minefield of emotions and moral anxieties. Gay Hawkins explores the ethical significance of waste in everyday life, from the broadest conceptions of waste and loss, to how the environmental movement has affected the ways we think about garbage, the ways we deal with it, and the ways in which we view others’ reactions to waste.

Publisher: UNSW Press

Date Published: 2006

Book Condition: Very good soft cover with some minor corner bumping and edge wear to covers, otherwise a clean, tight and unmarked copy internally

ISBN: 0868409391


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