The sociology of human waste is a hugely important but none-the-less under-researched issue. How we produce waste and the kind of waste we produce tells stories of inequity, of population control, of modernization and globalization as well as notable shifts in juman lifestyles. This volume offers a valuable way of seeing how garbage and waste connects to each of these aspects in a developing world.
Ross Coomber, Griffith University Queensland, Australia.
The author delves deep into a fairly unusual terrain in sociology, and comes up with an interesting 'story line' in the field of garbage and waste. Vivek managed to link sociology to this extraordinary topic in a clever way, and fascinatingly relating it to class, poverty, unemployment, sociology of work, public health, natural environment, rural, urban and spatial sociology, modernization and governance.
Freek Cronje, North-West University, South Africa.
"World of Garbage and Waste" - provides readers with a comprehensive and stimulating analysis of what is widely perceived as a major urban problem in highly urbanized developing countries. The author focuses on empirical evidence principlally relating to India with a theoretically informed framework. Wide-ranging set of arguments are built that raise our consciousness of the importance of the social, economic and public health dimensions of garbage and waste more generally - of a lack of hygine. In this way, the subject matter is relevant to other large developing countries in the BRICS.
Tom Dwyer, University of Campinas, Brazil.
P.S. Vivek provides empirically rich, theoretically informed, imaginative, powerfully argued nuances in the World of Garbage and Waste of contemporary society. This volume will be a ready reckoner for those involved in framing social policy in any country.
Pavi Ramhots, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mouritius.
At once engaging, accessible and authoritative, World of Garbage and Waste is a brilliant masterwork. Vivek weaves together engaging personal stories and encyclopedic knowledge of this subject to communicate a powerful systematic frame and define a sopt-on agenda for practical action. One can acquire new facts, ideas and inspiration here. The book is 'Must-read' for students, environmentalists and those interested in why we human are on the path to self-destruction and what we can do about it.
Vishal Jadhav, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, India.
clean drinking water & hygienic disposal of all forms of garbage are the biggest challenges modern India currently faces. Dr. P.S. Vivek makes a commendable effort in dealing with the issue of waste management on a social & ideological level.
Hector Dsouza, columist, India.
It is a biography of Garbage in the history of humankind. A provocative work connecting concepts from Cartesian to Marx to Barthes to Foucault, Professor Vivek, in this scrupulously researched post-structuralist work, contends that the examination of the metamorphosis of garbage in the pressent post-moden age points to a society that is trading tremulously on the edge of a precipice of an abyss.
Prabhat Sharn, Senior Journalist, Mumbai.