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Reclaiming the Discarded


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. Arriving beyond Abjection 35
2. The Precarious Present 67
3. Life Well Spent 95
4. Plastic Economy 123
5. From Refuse to Revolution 151
Conclusion: The Garbage Never Ends 177
Notes 191
References 207
Index 223

About the Author

Kathleen M. Millar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.


"A book that brings dignity to people otherwise considered marginal and reveals a progressive potential in work otherwise considered 'rubbish.'" -- Dagna Rams * LSE Review of Books *
"Rich in ethnographic detail and theoretically engaging, Reclaiming the Discarded will surely find a receptive audience in graduate seminars and upper-year undergraduate courses on economic anthropology or the anthropology of work." -- Stephen Campbell * American Anthropologist *
"The end result is a thought-provoking and pleasurable read that will be of value to scholars and students with an interest in Brazil and Latin America, economic anthropology, globalization, and urban anthropology." -- Gustavo S. Azenha * American Ethnologist *
"Reclaiming the Discarded offers rich theoretical and empirical insights into the dynamics of work in the informal sector under the conditions of neoliberal capitalism." -- Ajnesh Prasad and Paulina Segarra * Organization *
"[Reclaiming the Discarded] is an excellent example of what anthropologists do best. Methodologically, it is an ethnography that stands on its own. . . . Textually, the book is a beautiful read from start to finish: clear, concise and full of colour and life. Beyond the prose, the narrative itself shines, as Millar clearly formed deep and meaningful relationships with catadores and the people living around Jardim Gramacho." -- Kirsten Francescone * Anthropologica *
"Reclaiming the Discarded is a rare achievement: incisive, analytically provocative, and thoroughly engaging. Millar uses ethnographic detail to bring the reader close, enabling us to observe with her so that we are drawn into her curiosities and invested in making sense of the complexities she renders." -- Christine Hegel * Anthropology of Work Review *
"This book should be read by anyone interested in the anthropology of labour, informality, precarity and working life in Brazil, Latin America and beyond. Its engaging prose will also be of interest to a wider readership who will appreciate how Millar's writing allows the voices and stories of Rio's waste-pickers to come to the fore." -- Patrick O'Hare * Cambridge Journal of Anthropology *

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