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Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Middle-Class Households, Waste, Consumption, and Environmental Awareness in Southeastern Brazil
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Institute of Latin American Studies.
Number of Authors: 1
2017 (English)In: Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, ISSN 1935-4932, E-ISSN 1935-4940, Vol. 22, no 2, 298-319 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how middle-class households in the city of Belo Horizonte, southeastern Brazil, deal with the waste that pervades their lives. Processes of classification and disposal are examined and related to consumption practices, the division of labor, and environmental issues. This research also examines how waste is implicated in the performance of middle class-ness, in notions of morality, and in norms and codes classifying and distinguishing the valuable from the worthless. The present study suggests that members of the ethnographic sample seem worried about issues regarding social hierarchies and class belonging, to a much greater degree than they are concerned with the environmental aspects of consumption and waste management. Out of sight, out of mind? In an explicit context of social inequality, behavior toward waste passes first through the lens of class.

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2017. Vol. 22, no 2, 298-319 p.
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Brazil, class, ecology, environment, labor, social anthropology, urban, waste
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145810DOI: 10.1111/jlca.12253ISI: 000405728500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145810DiVA: diva2:1137064
Available from: 2017-08-30 Created: 2017-08-30 Last updated: 2017-08-30Bibliographically approved

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