Organising Waste in the City

International Perspectives on Narratives and Practices

Edited by María José Zapata and Michael Hall

Organising Waste in the City

Edited by María José Zapata and Michael Hall

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447306375 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America only
This book offers a critical perspective on the issue of organizing waste in cities, emphasizing the ways in which the notion of waste—and the narratives and discourses associated with it—have been socially constructed and the corresponding implications this has for waste governance and local wastehandling practices. It takes a broad approach to the ways in which the issue of waste is framed and brings together narratives from several diverse cities, uncovering the hidden stories of the urban waste landscape and connecting urban waste management to a host of social issues.

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Notes on contributors


1. Introduction: narratives of organising waste in the city

      María José Zapata Campos and C. Michael Hall

Part I: Spaces, places and sites of waste in the city

2. The ecological and environmental significance of urban wastelands and drosscapes

      C. Michael Hall

3. The function of waste urban infrastructures as heterotopias of the city: narratives from Gothenburg and Managua

      María José Zapata Campos

Part II: Global waste discourses and narratives shaping local practices

4. When clean and green meets the Emerald Isle: contrasting waste governance narratives in Ireland and New Zealand

      Anna Davies

5. Waste in translation: global ideas of urban waste management in local practice

      Patrik Zapata

Part III: Waste governance and management practices

6. Governance in a bottle

      Dario Minervini

7. Hybrid organisations in waste management: public and private organisations in a deregulated market environment

      Philip Marcel Karré

8. Waste management companies: critical urban infrastructural services that design the sociomateriality of waste

      Hervé Corvellec and Johan Hultman

Part IV: Waste and environmental, economic and social justice

9. Cairo’s contested waste: the Zabaleen’s local practices and privatisation policies

      Wael Fahmi and Keith Sutton

10. Ecomodern discourse and localised narratives: waste policy, community mobilisation and governmentality in Ireland

      Liam Leonard

11. Waste collection as an environmental justice issue: a case study of a neighbourhood in Bristol, UK

      Karen Bell and David Sweeting

12. Conclusions: framing the organising of waste in the city

      C. Michael Hall and María José Zapata Campos


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