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Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging (Alternative Criminology) Paperback – December 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780814727386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814727386
  • ASIN: 0814727387
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A firecracker of a book. Prepare yourself for total immersion. It reads like Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell with a sense of fun; it has all the detail and magic of James Agee. A pleasure to read: anarchic, irreverent and totally relevant.”-Jock Young,co-editor of The New Politics of Crime and Punishment



“Outstandingly well written, gripping, and hugely entertaining. Destined to become a classic, this anarchy of consumerism turns one man's 'trash' into a treasure: an insightful, colorful, imaginative and playful window on the underground economy of scavenging for a living among other people's cast offs.”
-Stuart Henry, co-author of Essential Criminology

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“In Empire of Scrounge, Jeff Ferrell serves as an unassuming guide into the netherworld of our own garbage. Ferrell suggests that such urban prospecting is possibly far more than simple recycling—it is a form of politics that consciously opts out of a vapid consumer culture. It's a must read!”
-Meda Chesney-Lind, co-editor of Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

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“I love this book! It's engaging, witty, and jarring—every page is filled with new treasures and powerful analyses of our throwaway culture. Ferrell opens a rare and vivid window on the raw aftermath of our society's conspicuous consumption and wasteful behavior, and he offers real possibilities for reflection, meditation, and redemption.”
-David Naguib, author of Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago

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“By turns moving, funny, and shocking. Particularly sobering are the book—s implications for modern consumer life, and the incomprehensible amounts of junk, waste and surplus generated by a modern city.”
-Philip Jenkins,author of Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America

About the Author

Jeff Ferrell is professor in the department of sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology at Texas Christian University and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy. and the editor of NYU's Alternative Criminology Series.


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By busmun on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Ha! Just kidding, found it under the Christmas tree where my wife placed it, but someday some lucky scrounger will find it(not my copy) in a used bookstore Dumpster and it will smite them upon the pate with the serendipidous force of a Zen koan.

It's a philosophical look at a life lived on the margins of society, with great attention paid to the ambiguities of public/private property, the ever changing cultural definition of criminal behavior/thriftiness.

I loved the section where the author discussed the flip side of the canard,"Time is money." If you opt out of the commercial world of money and consumerism then the pace of your life slows way down and you become firmly rooted in the here and now.

Along the way Ferrell introduces the reader to some very savy scroungers. Listen to Leslie Hemstreet of Chadron Nebraska:

"There's nothing that makes you feel a temporary merging of the parallel universes more than being a vegetarian driving around with a dead deer on top of your truck, getting kudos from yokels for poaching. We really won the admiration of those with whom we were able to share the truth. 'Poaching? Hell no. Roadkill'"
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Denvergirlie on June 6, 2007
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I found this book rather interesting and a bit depressing. His writing style was very different and honestly had a very difficult time making it through the first two chapters but eased into by the third.

Amazing eye opening discussion on waste in America.

I have foraged a bit for discarded items and am constantly amazed at the amount of waste that people create. Perfectly good items that are just tossed. Books, clothing, tools, furnishings, etc are tossed on a daily basis, on it's was to a landfill. What's sad is that many Americans are even unwilling to donate these items to a charity because it's just too much effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dex3703 on February 24, 2010
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I discovered this book while I was visiting Fort Worth in December of 2005, after a job had ended and I made my default pilgrimage to see my parents. During those strange days of bright warmth unusual even for Texas, I drove streets and haunts Ferrell describes with piquant accuracy: the sheet metal fences of Rosedale's scrap metal yards, the deep green live oak shade of middle-moneyed Ridglea and Arlington Heights, the gravel alleys and nondescript shacks of urban backyards--one of which hid his illegal recycling operation under pecan trees. While I was in college I lived some of this life, picking up abandoned car batteries and random lumps of metal, dumping rancid soda out of the cans left in the lone recycling barrel I set up at my college, even fishing appliances out of creeks--hauling it all to those same metal yards for respectable pocket money.

Ferrell's opening chapters clearly appeal to academic readers, describing the social relationships between waste, the higher social orders that discard it, and the proles and lower that rely on it for income. But the heart of the book is his account of becoming a scrounger. He moves outside his privileged Texas Christian University position to ride a bicycle through Fort Worth's neighborhoods, where he learns to surreptitiously paw trash. That strange, pregnant pause when a homeowner finds him digging through a curbside pile, and then offers to bring out even more and better stuff, is both a sublime human moment and an examination of our relationships to each other and to physical things, through the lens of class.

Ferrell's questions and judgments are even and respectable, but no less challenging because of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 12, 2014
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The book covers an interesting subject and had some interesting parts. There were plenty of photos in the book that seemed odd to me. The book is set in Fort Worth and the book is full of photos of people in New York and I don't really know why. I wouldn't recommend this to the average person, but if the subject interest you, you might find it interesting. I likee when he talked about his scrounging and the people he met and the things he found. I found the philosophical flights of fancy a little boring to be honest.
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