F15 Roberts - ANTHRCUL 158 - The Anthropology of Garbage
Cultural Anthropology (AnthrCul) 158
The Anthropology of Garbage
Why is someone's trash, another’s treasure? Why is dirt disgusting inside but not outside the house? Why do people around the world deal with their garbage so differently? What does pollution and toxic waste have to tell us about social hierarchies, like race and class? In this course we address these questions by introducing first year students to how anthropologists think about garbage, waste, pollution, disorder and disgust. Together we will read books and articles, watch films and analyze popular media in order to challenge what we think we know about the perennial problem of garbage.
George Vargas Michigan Worker 1985 welding goggles, metal, hanging bells, rusty bottle cap, pulleys, chains, padlock | plywood Gift of the artist 2004/1.153