By Jennifer Gabrys
From nutrients punnets to charge cards, plastic allows the whole lot of our day-by-day lives. It has turn into vital to tactics of up to date socio-material dwelling. Universalised and abstracted, it is usually taken care of because the passive item of political deliberations, or a complex fabric tough human administration. yet in what methods may possibly a 'politics of plastics' care for either its particular manifestation specifically artefacts and occasions, and its complicated dispersed heterogeneity?
Accumulation explores the energy and complexity of plastic. This interdisciplinary assortment makes a speciality of how the presence and recalcitrance of plastic unearths the relational exchanges throughout human and artificial materialities. It captures multiplicity by way of enticing with the processual materialities or plasticity of plastic. via a sequence of themed essays on plastic materialities, plastic economies, plastic our bodies and new articulations of plastic, the editors and bankruptcy authors learn particular features of plastic in motion. How are a number of plastic realities enacted? What are their effects?
This ebook could be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology, human and cultural geography, environmental reviews, intake stories, technological know-how and know-how reports, layout, and political theory.
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Synthetic chemists managed to get polymerization and moulding, matter and form, into one single operation. Nature goes even further, thanks to the self-assembly of molecules. While synthetic polymers are built with strong covalent bonds, molecular self-assembly is a spontaneous organization of molecules into ordered and relatively stable arrangements through weak noncovalent interactions. Molecular self-assembly is extremely advantageous from a technological point of view, because it generates little or no waste and has a wide domain of application (Whitesides and Boncheva 2002).
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Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic by Jennifer Gabrys