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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Was State Socialism Wasteful?
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. Toward a Social Theory of Waste
  2. pp. 11-37
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  1. PART 1. DISCIPLINE AND RECYCLE (1948–1974)
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  1. 3. Metallic Socialism
  2. pp. 41-78
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  1. 4. The Primitive Accumulation of Waste in Metallic Socialism
  2. pp. 79-101
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  1. PART 2. REFORM AND REDUCE (1975–1984)
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  1. 5. The Efficiency Model
  2. pp. 105-124
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  1. 6. The Limits of Efficiency
  2. pp. 125-142
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  1. PART 3. PRIVATIZE AND INCINERATE (1985–PRESENT)
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  1. 7. The Chemical Model
  2. pp. 145-167
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  1. 8. ‘‘Building a Castle out of Shit’’: The Wastelands of the New Europe
  2. pp. 168-202
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  1. 9. Conclusion
  2. pp. 203-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Sources and References
  2. pp. 225-245
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253116925
Related ISBN
9780253348388
MARC Record
OCLC
216934526
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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