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  • Consumption
  • Salvage
  • Garbage
  • Source reduction
  • Green capitalism
  • Sustainability
  • Plastic industry and trade
  • Urban ecology
  • Plastic scrap
  • Waste economics
  • Plastics
  • Waste management
  • Recycling
  • Waste minimization
  • Refuse and refuse disposal 
  • Waste products



Boddice, R. (2011). Anthropocentrism: Humans, animals, environments. Boston, MA: Brill.

Davis, H., & Turpin, E. (Eds.). (2014). Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters among aesthetics, politics, environments and epistemologies. Open Humanities Press.

Haraway, D. (2015). Anthropocene, capitalocene, plantationocene, chthulucene: Making kin. Environmental Humanities, 6.

A Museum for Future Fossils. (n.d.). A museum for future fossils is an ongoing series of projects and events dedicated to thinking curatorially abou the Anthropocene and climate change [website].

Melo Zurita de Lourdes, M., George Murano, P., & Houson, D. (2018). Un-earthing the subterranean Anthropocene. Area, 50(3), 298-305.

Tsing, Lowenhaupt, A. (Ed.). (2017). Arts of living on a damaged planet: Ghost of the Anthropocene. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.


Art, Reflections, and Consumerism

Arefin, M.R. (2015). Abjection: A definition for discard studies. Retrieved from Discard Studies.

Chapman, O., & Sawchuk, K. (2012). Research-creation: Intervention, analysis and "family resemblances." Canadian Journal of Communication, 37(1), 5 - 26.

Discard studies. (n.d.). Social studies of waste, pollution and externalities [website].

Kirksey, S.E., Shapiro, N., & Brodine, M. (2013). Hope in a blasted landscape. Social Science Information, 52(2), 228-256.

Sontag, S. (2004). Regarding the pain of others. New York, NY: Picador.



Berghoff, H., & Rome, A. (2017). Green capitalism? Business and the environment in the twentieth century. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsulvania Press.

Klein, N. (2015). This changes everything: Capitalism vs. the climate. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Mendez, D.F. (2018). The real relationship between capitalism and the environment. Retrieved from the Mises Institute: Austrian Economics, Freedom, and Peace.

Rowe, J.K. (2016). Is a fear of death at the heart of capitalism? Retrieved from the Ernest Becker Foundation.

Tsing, Lowenhaupt, A. (2015). The mushroom at the end of the world: On the possibility of life in capitalist ruins. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.



Buranyi, S. (2018, November). The plastic backlash: What's behind our sudden rage—and will it make a difference? The Guardian.

Halliday, M. (2018).  The riddle of the roaming plastics. Hakai Magazine.

Hawkins, G., Race, K., & Potter, E. (2015). Plastic water: The social and material life of bottled water. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mitchell, A. (2015). Thinking without the "circle": Marine plastic and global ethics. Political Geography, 47, 77-85.

Weeks, M. (2018). From the waterline. Canadian Art, 35(3), 102-107.

Zalasiewicz, J., et al. (2016). The geological cycle of plastics and their use as a stratigraphic indicator of the anthropocene. Anthropocene, 13, 4-17.


Trash and Waste

Baofu, P. (2012). The future of post-human waste: Towards a new theory of uselessness and usefulness. Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Boetzkes, A. (2010). Waste and the sublime. Canadian Art Review, 35(1), 22-31.

Boetzkes, A. (2016). Resource systems, the paradigm of zero-waste, and the desire for sustenance. Postmodern Culture, 26(2),

Gillian, P. (2010). Trash culture: Objects and obsolescence in cultural perspective. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Kane, C. (2018). The toxic sublime: Landscape photography and data visualization. Theory, Culture & Society, 35(3), 121-147.

Kennedy, G. (2007). An ontology of trash: The disposable and its problematic nature. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Liboiron, M. (2014). Modern waste is an economic strategy. Retrieved from Discard Studies.

Liboiron, M. (2014). Solutions to waste and the problem of scalar mismatches. Retrieved from Discard  Studies.

Mauch, C. (Ed.). (2016). Out of sight, out of mind: The politics of waste. RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society, 1.

Morton, T. (2013). Hyperobjects: Philosophy and ecology after the end of the world. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Peeples, J. (2011). Toxic sublime: Imaging contaminated landscapes, Environmental Communication, 5(4), 373-392.

Rathje, W.L., & Zimring, C.A. (Eds.). (2012). Encyclopedia of consumption and waste: The social science of garbage. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Rogers, H. (2005). Gone tomorrow: The hidden life of garbage. New York, NY: New Press.

Surak, S. (2016). Displaying garbage: Installations as spaces of domination and resistance. New Political Science, 38(4), 533-546.





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