Tag: Dirt

Waste is not “matter out of place”

Max Liboiron , September 9th, 2019

Douglas’ theory of matter out of place is about power. Something in the wrong spot, something poisonous, is not matter out of place. Unless it threatens power.

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Article Alert! Redefining pollution and action: The matter of plastics

Josh Lepawsky , January 19th, 2016

From the specific case of marine plastics, Liboiron’s paper offers a more general point that those of us who study discards need to remember to take seriously: How…

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Article Alert! Place and Defilement Signposts Toward a New Theory of Purity in Sibley’s Geographies of Exclusion

guestauth0r , July 20th, 2015

Even if Mary Douglas’ Purity and Danger is the keystone text of Discard Studies, there are few scholars who work to extend, nuance, or contest the theory that…

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