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Title: The political economy of solid-waste management in Los Angeles

Abstract

Through examination of the imperatives of commodity production and circulation, the existence of a specifically capitalist form of solid waste (viz. the discard of use values) is postulated. At a more concrete level, the contemporary political economic context of waste management is also elucidated. The problematic of the economy is constructed in value terms, while the political characterization is founded on a materialist interpretation of the capitalist state. A detailed analysis of the production, collection, and disposal of solid waste in Los angeles country, drawing from a number of primary and secondary sources, constitutes the major empirical section of the work. Beyond the fundamentals of the quantity, source, and character of waste, and its methods of collection and disposal, the work examines the social geography of disposal, the changing economic structure of the collection industry and the strategic imperatives of disposal. Against the context of the California Integrated Solid Waste Management Act of 1990, a critical analysis of state policy, especially as it refers to recycling, is completed.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
5238385
Resource Type:
Miscellaneous
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Thesis (Ph.D.)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; LOS ANGELES; WASTE MANAGEMENT; SOLID WASTES; LEGISLATION; LOCAL GOVERNMENT; POLITICAL ASPECTS; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; STATE GOVERNMENT; CALIFORNIA; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; MANAGEMENT; NORTH AMERICA; URBAN AREAS; USA; WASTES; 290300* - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety; 320604 - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Municipalities & Community Systems- Municipal Waste Management- (1980-); 320305 - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Industrial & Agricultural Processes- Industrial Waste Management

Citation Formats

Horton, S E.G. The political economy of solid-waste management in Los Angeles. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Horton, S E.G. The political economy of solid-waste management in Los Angeles. United States.
Horton, S E.G. 1991. "The political economy of solid-waste management in Los Angeles". United States.
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abstractNote = {Through examination of the imperatives of commodity production and circulation, the existence of a specifically capitalist form of solid waste (viz. the discard of use values) is postulated. At a more concrete level, the contemporary political economic context of waste management is also elucidated. The problematic of the economy is constructed in value terms, while the political characterization is founded on a materialist interpretation of the capitalist state. A detailed analysis of the production, collection, and disposal of solid waste in Los angeles country, drawing from a number of primary and secondary sources, constitutes the major empirical section of the work. Beyond the fundamentals of the quantity, source, and character of waste, and its methods of collection and disposal, the work examines the social geography of disposal, the changing economic structure of the collection industry and the strategic imperatives of disposal. Against the context of the California Integrated Solid Waste Management Act of 1990, a critical analysis of state policy, especially as it refers to recycling, is completed.},
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