One of the central tenets of the University of Arizona's Garbage Project is that "what people have owned--and thrown away--can speak more eloquently, informatively, and truthfully about the lives they lead than they themselves ever may." Project garbologists have alchemized more than 250,000 pounds of refuse--from landfills and from trash cans in selected neighborhoods--into a treasure trove for experts in marketing and consumer research, census studies and environmentalism. Garbologists have determined that people waste three times more beef when the meat is in short supply than when it is plentiful; that many women use birth-control pills incorrectly; and that lower-income families consistently buy small-size, brand-name products rather than cheaper generic ones. Erudite and witty cultural tour guides, Rathje, an archeologist and anthropologist who directs the Project, and Atlantic managing editor Murphy claim that our garbage problems are solvable; that, with proper safeguards, incineration may be a viable option in some communities; and that paper--not disposable diapers or fast-food packaging--is a chief culprit in overloading landfills. Illustrated. First serial to Smithsonian; BOMC and QPB alternates; author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
YA-- "Truth in garbage" might well be an appropriate subtitle for this in-depth examination of how garbage reflects the society that tosses it. Based on the findings of the Garbage Project at the University of Arizona, Rathje and Murphy's book seeks to dispel current myths while enlightening readers about American society from this unique perspective. They give a historical overview of what the human species has been doing with its refuse since hunter-gatherer times: dumping, burning, recycling, or reducing the amount of potentially discardable stuff. Subsequent sections explain how we unconsciously tell the truth about our lifestyles by what we throw away. Interesting information abounds. The last chapter urges readers to observe a "Ten Commandments" of consumption and disposal, which is based not on what "we think we know" but on what data from studies like this one reveal.
- Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very good classic book on the subject.
Even thought it was written many years ago, I believe it's still the best book on the rather unpleasant but important subject.
You can learn quite a bit about people via trash. Some astonishing insights.Published 6 months ago by Alex Goodsell
Really great take on something most of us never think about - trash! Looks at what trash can tell us about the people who created it.Published 18 months ago by M. Swain
Some interesting facts in this book. Had to read it for an archaeology class, it was pretty curious things to keep in mind, though it took a while to get through it for me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. Tanner
very nice and eazy reading book.
the book is a very important tool to my objectives of getting in touch with the garbage matters
This book was required for a class at Eastern Oregon University and I ordered it for use in the class.Published on December 29, 2012 by Elainelynnley
Well-written, not condescending but not unapproachable, great studies, entertaining, gives some ideas as to what to do with knowledge received. Definitely recommended.Published on September 26, 2012 by mosbey