Introduction: Contemporary cultural perspectives on discards in the Asia-Pacific region

Viktor Pál, Iris Borowy

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This introductory chapter situates the current edited volume at the crossroads of two powerful developments: the exponential growth of global waste generation since the early twentieth century and the rise of nations of the Asia-Pacific region as economic powerhouses. In the beginning of the essay, Pál and Borowy venture out to explore the global history of waste and discards, as well as to connect it with the specific cultural, social, and economic aspects within the Asia-Pacific region. By doing so, the authors propose a new waste paradigm, particularly as it pertains to Asia, in which both historical and contemporary definitions of waste are represented. In the second part of the essay, the authors introduce the individual chapters and their relation to the overall theme of the book. These thematic chapters include case studies related to cities and living, food and human waste, design and art. By introducing these chapters and describing how they are connected, the second part aims at orienting readers about the overall structure of the volume and the interconnections of the various case studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWaste and Discards in the Asia Pacific Region : Social and Cultural Perspectives
EditorsViktor Pál, Iris Borowy
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-36614-2, 978-1-032-36615-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-33291-6
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Sustainability

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 selection and editorial matter, Viktor Pál and Iris Borowy; individual chapters, the contributors.

Fields of Science

  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • 615 History and Archaeology

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