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Unbecoming Things

Mutable Objects and the Politics of Waste

By Nicky Gregson, Mike Crang

Routledge – 2015 – 256 pages

Series: CRESC

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    978-0-415-50698-4
    April 29th 2015
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Description

This book responds to moves to rematerialize the social sciences, to attend to the stuff of daily life but challenges the social sciences to think beyond objects as stable things. It forwards the argument that objects need to be seen not as stabilising things, or immutable mobiles – as time stilled and materials fixed and conserved in the object form – or even always in the making, as becoming but as unbecoming things. It argues that objects are better seen as things coming apart, as en route to becoming something else, some stuff else, somewhere else. It locates these arguments in economies of demolition, disposal and reincarnation, focusing on object death, materials recovery and re-fabrication, and the sequestration and unleashing of materials classified as wastes. It uses as its exemplar case the classic immutable mobile, the ship – one of the most durable and complex of fabricated objects. It illustrates these arguments through global ethnography conducted in various settings around the world, including South Asia and the EU.

Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Dynamics of Object Death Chapter 3: Technologies and Spatialities of Breaking Chapter 4: Breaking Up Big Things Is Hard To Do Chapter 5: Becoming Things Chapter 6: Becoming Wastes Chapter 7: Conclusion

Name: Unbecoming Things: Mutable Objects and the Politics of Waste (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Nicky Gregson, Mike Crang. This book responds to moves to rematerialize the social sciences, to attend to the stuff of daily life but challenges the social sciences to think beyond objects as stable things. It forwards the argument that objects need to be seen not as stabilising...
Categories: Sociology & Social Policy, Sociology of Media, Cultural Theory, Leisure, Theory & Political Sociology