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Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Hardback)
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Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 16/10/2018
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Over the last twenty-five years, garbage infrastructure in Dakar, Senegal, has taken center stage in the struggles over government, the value of labor, and the dignity of the working poor. Through strikes and public dumping, Dakar's streets have been periodically inundated with household garbage as the city's trash collectors and ordinary residents protest urban austerity. Often drawing on discourses of Islamic piety, garbage activists have provided a powerful language to critique a neoliberal mode of governing-through-disposability and assert rights to fair labor. In Garbage Citizenship Rosalind Fredericks traces Dakar's volatile trash politics to recalibrate how we understand urban infrastructure by emphasizing its material, social, and affective elements. She shows how labor is a key component of infrastructural systems and how Dakar's residents use infrastructures as a vital tool for forging collective identities and mobilizing political action. Fleshing out the materiality of trash and degraded labor, Fredericks illuminates the myriad ways waste can be a potent tool of urban control and rebellion.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9781478000990
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Garbage Citizenship isn't solely about urban rubbish collection in Senegal's capital. The book uses waste collector strikes and activism to explore broader effects of labour relations, citizen advocacy, neoliberal reform, and religious understandings of purity and pollution." -- Christine Ro * Environment and Urbanization *
"A powerful account of the centrality of infrastructure, waste and labor for writing larger stories of urban transformation and citizenship in Dakar and beyond." -- Colin McFarlane * International Journal of Urban and Regional Research *
"Garbage Citizenship powerfully details. . . how the responsibility for waste has disproportionately fallen on the urban poor." -- Jacob Doherty * American Anthropologist *
"An engaging study of garbage infrastructure in Senegal's capital that foregrounds both the human labor it takes to keep the city clean and the ways that failures to do so become goads to political action." -- Dagna Rams * American Ethnologist *
"Garbage Citizenship is a significant contribution and necessary reading for scholars of infrastructural governance and politics, labor geographies, African urban studies, and discard studies." -- Kathleen Stokes * Canadian Journal of African Studies *
"Fredericks presents a dazzling excavation of the many strata of garbage politics. ... Fredericks's book gives us new tools for understanding how that power works." -- Chris Tilly * American Journal of Sociology *

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