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Maria Jose Zapata and Michael Hall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306375

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306375.001.0001

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The Function of Waste Urban Infrastructures as Heterotopias of the City: Narratives from Gothenburg and Managua

The Function of Waste Urban Infrastructures as Heterotopias of the City: Narratives from Gothenburg and Managua

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(p.41) Three The Function of Waste Urban Infrastructures as Heterotopias of the City: Narratives from Gothenburg and Managua
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Organising waste in the city
Author(s):

María José Zapata Campos

C. Michael Hall

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306375.003.0003

The chapter explores Foucault's notion of heterotopia to rethink the functions and meanings of waste urban infrastructures, based on narratives of waste from the cities of Managua in Nicaragua and Gothenburg in Sweden. Based on ethnographic research, the chapter explores how, by isolating and hiding waste, waste infrastructures make possible the utopia of a well-functioning city. The chapter also discusses how efficient waste infrastructures can contribute to hide the consequences of the consumption and discard society by obscuring the link between consumption and the increasing overflow of waste.

Keywords:   Waste infrastructures, heterotopia, cities, consumption & discard society, Sweden, Nicaragua

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