Empire of Scrounge
Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging
By (author) Prof. Jeff Ferrell
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Empire of Scrounge by Prof. Jeff Ferrell
Book Description"Patrolling the neighborhoods of central Fort Worth, sorting through trash piles, exploring dumpsters, scanning the streets and the gutters for items lost or discarded, I gathered the city's degraded bounty, then returned home to sort and catalogue the take." -From the Introduction In December of 2001 Jeff Ferrell quit his job as tenured professor, moved back to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, and, with a place to live but no real income, began an eight-month odyssey of essentially living off of the street. Empire of Scrounge tells the story of this unusual journey into the often illicit worlds of scrounging, recycling, and second-hand living. Existing as a dumpster diver and trash picker, Ferrell adopted a way of life that was both field research and free-form survival. Riding around on his scrounged BMX bicycle, Ferrell investigated the million-dollar mansions, working-class neighborhoods, middle class suburbs, industrial and commercial strips, and the large downtown area, where he found countless discarded treasures, from unopened presents and new clothes to scrap metal and even food. Richly illustrated throughout, Empire of Scrounge is both a personal journey and a larger tale about the changing values of American society. Perhaps nowhere else do the fault lines of inequality get reflected so clearly than at the curbside trash can, where one person's garbage often becomes another's bounty. Throughout this engaging narrative, full of a colorful cast of characters, from the mansion living suburbanites to the junk haulers themselves, Ferrell makes a persuasive argument about the dangers of over-consumption. With landfills overflowing, today's highly disposable culture produces more trash than ever before-and yet the urge to consume seems limitless. In the end, while picking through the city's trash was often dirty and unpleasant work, unearthing other people's discards proved to be unquestionably illuminating. After all, what we throw away says more about us than what we keep.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814727386
(5193mm x 5193mm x 13mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Prof. Jeff Ferrell
Cultural Criminology, Paperback (May 2015)
Drawing on issues of representation, meaning and politics, this book has been updated to now include material on: green criminology; cultural criminology of the state; current global activism, political protest and social movements; and crime and consumerism, providing readers with a cutting-edge introduction to this fascinating area.
Genetics & DNA Technology, Paperback (December 2004)
Presents the way in which DNA analysis is carried out, starting with: the structure of DNA; early attempts at personal identification, such as fingerprints; how DNA is analyzed; the creation of DNA databases; and ethical considerations. This book is meant for those involved, or interested, in the way in which DNA is used in court.
Cultural Criminology Unleashed, Paperback (November 2004)
A landmark text on the crime-culture nexus, it will be vital reading for academics as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students of criminology/sociology of deviance, penology and criminal justice, as well as cultural studies, media studies, qualitative research methods and sociology.
Tearing Down the Streets, Paperback (October 2002)» View all books by Prof. Jeff Ferrell
This title traces the roots of the resistance of underground groups through a subversive past that stretches from the Paris commune of 1871 to the punks of the 1970s. It asks "whose city is it?" and argues that a disorderly urban culture is a better alternative than the Disneyfied city.
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Author Biography - Prof. Jeff Ferrell
Jeff Ferrell is Professor in the department of sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology at Texas Christian University and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy, and the editor of NYU's Alternative Criminology Series.
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