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Shoddy : from devil's dust to the renaissance of rags / Hanna Rose Shell
Bib ID 8544378
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Shell, Hanna Rose, author
 
Description Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020 
©2020 
236 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 21 cm 
ISBN 9780226377759 (hardcover)
022637775X (hardcover)
Invalid ISBN 9780226698229 (electronic book)
Summary

"This is a book about waste transformed, and reuse, repurposing, and recycling -- and how we consume the products of our industry. Through the story of shoddy, Hanna Rose Shell takes up these provocative topics and offers a new way for us to think critically about them. Shoddy is a global potpourri of textile waste manufactured into a saleable commodity: for example, wool that has been sorted, scoured, stuffed into rag-grinding machines, and remade into new clothes and textile and upholstery products. Both of-the-moment and truly historical, the book sends us back to West Yorkshire, 1812 and the birth of the commodification of waste through processing, before pushing us forward again with interviews and images from shoddy towns, waste dumps, textile labs, and rag shredding factories in the US and UK. Along the way we see exposed the political, ethical, environmental, and other ways shoddy has transformed lives and landscapes"--

Full contents
  • Prologue : Finding shoddy. Old clothes odyssey ; The heap
  • Devil's dust. Emergence of an industry ; Narratives of transmutation, myths of invention ; Devil's dust politics ; Material philosophy and the shredded self ; Shoddy as paradox and Marx's "excrements of consumption"
  • Textile skin. The Wear of war ; Textile skin and "the sinews of war" ; Shoddy and the body politic ; Photography and the "harvest of death" ; On shrouds and shoddy
  • Lively things. Miasma and contagion ; Consolidation of clothes and corpses ; Disinfection and its discontents ; The intimate materiality of the unknowable ; Liveliness and formlessness
  • Epilogue : Shoddy renaissance.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Wool fabrics -- History -- 19th century.  |  Textile industry -- History -- 19th century.  |  Recycled products -- History -- 19th century.  |  Textile industry -- England -- History.  |  Textile industry -- United States -- History.  |  Used clothing industry -- History.  |  England.  |  United States.

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