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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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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.
The author's choice of words and the way his writings flow make it a difficult read, best taken in small bites. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by theEMP
Ferrell's book is a powerful consideration of what it means to identify and de-identify oneself through consumable objects. Read morePublished on November 27, 2007 by Peakman
I just heard this author on the radio, and am so pleased he articluates many different aspects of "RE-USE", or whatever word you are comfortable with. Read morePublished on September 9, 2007 by Scrounger Mama