Worlding Electronic WasteMain MenuChapter 2 | Waste/Non-WasteChapter 2 summary and figures.Chapter 3 | The Discard TestChapter 3 summary and figures.Chapter 4 | Charting Flows of Electronic WasteChapter 4 summary and figures.Chapter 5 | Looking Again in a Different WayChapter 5 summary and figures.Chapter 6 | Weighty GeographiesChapter 6 summary and figures.Josh Lepawsky31444794f29f45991a28c6c997946216e765688eVisit MIT Press
Chapter 1 | Introduction
12017-05-22T04:29:45-07:00Josh Lepawsky31444794f29f45991a28c6c997946216e765688e899411Chapter 1 summary and figures.plain4418602017-07-28T07:10:45-07:00Josh Lepawsky31444794f29f45991a28c6c997946216e765688eChapter 1 introduces the overall arguments of the book and provides an outline of each chapter. A key message developed in this chapter and elsewhere in the book is that waste arises ubiquitously, but unevenly at all points in the existence of electronics, not just if and when they are discarded. Noting this point, the chapter introduces one of the key analytical concepts used throughout the text: the notion of defamiliarization. If the ubiquitous but uneven occurrence of waste from electronics are to be dealt with, I argue we must make strange again (that is, defamiliarize ourselves) with what both electronic waste (e-waste) specifically and waste more generally are.
In the opening pages of the introduction I begin the process of defamiliarization by both historicizing and spatializing what is typically understood as the story of electronic waste.
Contents of this path:
12017-05-22T04:21:18-07:00Josh Lepawsky31444794f29f45991a28c6c997946216e765688eFigure 1.12Story map of recycling, smelting, and refining. Click on "Source" above to view in a full browser window.plain2017-05-22T04:21:56-07:00Josh Lepawsky31444794f29f45991a28c6c997946216e765688e
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12017-05-26T04:11:58-07:00Not garbage3Dumpster filled with discarded cable modems inside an electronics recycling plant. Source: author's photograph.plain2017-05-26T04:23:42-07:00