Worldwide Waste is the first interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted entirely to a critical interrogation of the cultural, social, economic and political systems within which waste is created, managed and circulated.
The journal privileges no particular theories, debates or trends. Its goal is to actively stimulate publications of innovative scholarship on relatively unexplored topics and/or from geographical areas that have thus far been underrepresented in waste studies.
Submissions are encouraged from across the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, ecology, geography, history, literature, philosophy, politics, sociology, science and technology studies, and the visual and performing arts.
The publication of this journal is financially supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (grant number 277-53-006) and no publication fees are being charged to the authors.
Researchers are invited to submit articles exploring these issues, including but not limited to these questions before 31 January 2020:
- Conceptualization: how has waste been defined at different times and places? How have these concepts changed over time? What have been the determinants of these constructions? What roles do concepts such as modernity, luxury, status, inefficiency play?
- Case studies: analyses of specific cases of waste management and the decisions, values, circumstances and consequences they involved.
- Inequality: how has socio-economic inequality played out in the generation and/or the disposal to waste, in short or long term perspectives?
- What experience is there with waste-reduction schemes such as recycling or zero-waste plans?
- Waste trade: what position does waste have within national and international trade? Who are the main actors? What have been the social, environmental and economic repercussions?
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