From The Cult Of Waste To The Trash Heap Of History: The Politics Of Waste In Socialist And Postsocialist Hungary by Zsuzsa GilleFrom The Cult Of Waste To The Trash Heap Of History: The Politics Of Waste In Socialist And Postsocialist Hungary by Zsuzsa Gille

From The Cult Of Waste To The Trash Heap Of History: The Politics Of Waste In Socialist And…

byZsuzsa Gille

Hardcover | April 4, 2007

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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.

Zsuzsa Gille grew up in socialist Hungary and was active in semi-legal environmental and peace movements. She is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Title:From The Cult Of Waste To The Trash Heap Of History: The Politics Of Waste In Socialist And…Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.91 inPublished:April 4, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253348382

ISBN - 13:9780253348388

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Was State Socialism Wasteful?
2. Toward a Social Theory of Waste

Part 1. Discipline and Recycle (19481974)
3. Metallic Socialism
4. The Primitive Accumulation of Waste in Metallic Socialism

Part 2. Reform and Reduce (19751984)
5. The Efficiency Model
6. The Limits of Efficiency

Part 3. Privatize and Incinerate (1985present)
7. The Chemical Model
8. "Building a Castle out of Shit": The Wastelands of the New Europe

9. Conclusion

Notes
Sources and References
Index

Editorial Reviews

"This is a good book, with a masterful balance of common sense and sophisticated social analysis that does not let relevance be defined by academic discourse only." -Judit Bodnar, American Journal of Sociology, May 2008