“An incredibly smart book about the importance of the toilet, especially for urban dwellers. I will never look at a toilet the same again.”
“Toilet is full of such insights…the prose is clear and readable.”-Kate Tuttle,Boston.com
“Toilet opens the door to a profound and fascinating understanding of the way we use and are abused by public conveniences.”-Howard S. Becker,author of Outsiders: Studies In The Sociology Of Deviance
“Peeing is political. The authors of Toilet show us how. In provocative essays from a range of perspectives, we learn what toilets (and their lack) teach us—about hierarchy, inequality, the body, aesthetics and politics. Using toilets as social and cultural prisms, they analyze global collective (in)action, outlining the deeply personal consequences for us all. This is wickedly smart, pointed and passionate public interest scholarship at its best..”-Lisa Duggan,author of Twilight of Equality: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy
“Who could have imagined? A book that weaves cutting edge gender theory into urban planning policy by way of the lowly toilet? A wondrous compendium.”-Jane Mansbridge,Adams Professor in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
“[T]his book offers precise insights—want to keep a public bathroom clean? Stick some flowers there. And it often cleverly illuminates what’s in plain sight—say, the reasons why New York has so few female cabbies—but is usually ignored or assiduously avoided.”-The Atlantic
“When Molotch and Norén let slip a few “pissings” or “pees,” the book becomes livelier, as is befitting of the subject. And the inclusion of essays from scholars of many different disciplines—gender studies, disability rights, architecture—makes this a toilet book not to be missed.”-Book Bench, The New Yorker Blog
“The politics of the loo, sexual as well as cultural, are taken up in a new book, Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing, edited by Harvey Molotch and Laura Norén. It aims to tackle the language around toilets and open up debates that have gone on, so to speak, behind closed doors and that never get resolved. ”-Irish Times
Harvey Molotch is Professor of Sociology and Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His books include Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (with John Logan, California 2007) and Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers and Many Other Things Come to Be as They Are (Routledge 2005), winner of the Eastern Sociological Association’s Best Book Award.
Laura Norén is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at New York University.