Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic

Gabrys, Jennifer; Hawkins, Gay and Michael, Mike, eds. 2013. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-62582-1 [Edited Book]

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From food punnets to credit cards, plastic facilitates every part of our daily lives. It has become central to processes of contemporary socio-material living. Universalised and abstracted, it is often treated as the passive object of political deliberations, or a problematic material demanding human management. But in what ways might a 'politics of plastics' deal with both its specific manifestation in particular artefacts and events, and its complex dispersed heterogeneity?

Accumulation explores the vitality and complexity of plastic. This interdisciplinary collection focuses on how the presence and recalcitrance of plastic reveals the relational exchanges across human and synthetic materialities. It captures multiplicity by engaging with the processual materialities or plasticity of plastic. Through a series of themed essays on plastic materialities, plastic economies, plastic bodies and new articulations of plastic, the editors and chapter authors examine specific aspects of plastic in action. How are multiple plastic realities enacted? What are their effects?

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Materiality, politics, plastic, science and technology studies, environmental studies, interdisciplinary research and practice

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11 July 2013

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17 Jan 2013 14:31

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