Title page for ETD etd-04232012-075944

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Surak, Sarah Marie
URN etd-04232012-075944
Title Bringing in the Garbage: Opening a Critical Space for Vehicle Disposal Practices
Degree PhD
Department Public and International Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Chair
Fell, Richard D. Committee Member
Hull, Robert Bruce IV Committee Member
LaBerge, Ann Committee Member
  • Recycling
  • End of Life Vehicle
  • Meso-level Analysis
  • Extended Producer Responsibility
Date of Defense 2012-04-19
Availability unrestricted
This dissertation examines the relationship among practices and policies of waste/ing and economic structures to make visible the implications of vehicle disposal policies for environmental policy and theory. Consequently, I attempt to build upon the small body of literature that is now critically engaging with waste production and resulting actions/inaction in the form of policies of management. In doing this I use waste as a lens to examine the interrelationships among environmental degradation and economic and political structures. Further, I examine these phenomena in relation to a physical object, the automobile, to add materiality to abstract notions of waste as it relates to both the political and the economic. Through vehicle recycling policies, I analyze how underlying economic structures in contemporary capitalism result in specific responses to the “problems” of waste as well as how the related responses, or “solutions” perpetuate an un-ecological industrial system which severely restricts the possibilities of making substantial change in the production of environmental harms.
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