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Author: William L. Rathje,Cullen Murphy
ISBN13: 978-0060922283
Title: Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage
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Category: Earth Sciences
Publisher: Perennial; Reprint. edition (May 1, 1993)
Pages: 256

Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage by William L. Rathje,Cullen Murphy

Rubbish" is a highly academic book about "The Garbage Project" at the University of Arizona's Anthropology Department. The main idea behind "The Garbage Project" is to gain information about society by analyzing garbage patterns in various locations. Despite being a book about garbage, the contents of the book are quite diverse. The book is divided into 4 parts. The first section, An Introduction to the Garbage Project, gives the background of "The Garbage Project", why it started, what they do, and what they hope to accomplish

As dry as this may sound, Rathje and Murphy manage to keep the topics relatively interesting with a mix of anecdotes and conclusions. Notes Reference to Macaulay's Motel of the Mysteries :^) The Garbage Project - a way of studing human behaviour "from the back end".

He is the author of The Word According to Eve, about women and the Bible, and the essay collection Just Curious. Murphy lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe. One of the best books I?ve read this year. com User, February 6, 2004. This is a fascinating overview of the world of garbology, the science of garbage. The authors begin by describing how the Garbage Project came to be, when students in a 1971 anthropology class at the University of Arizona hit upon studying garbage as a way to study people and culture.

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Author : William L. Rathje,Cullen Murphy. Publisher : University of Arizona Press. It is from the discards of former civilizations that archaeologists have reconstructed most of what we know about the past, and it is through their examination of today's garbage that William Rathje and Cullen Murphy inform us of our present. Rubbish! is their witty and erudite investigation into all aspects of the phenomenon of garbage.

YA- "Truth in garbage" might well be an appropriate subtitle for this in-depth examination of how garbage reflects the society that tosses it. Based on the findings of the Garbage Project at the University of Arizona, Rathje and Murphy's book seeks to dispel current myths while enlightening readers about American society from this unique perspective. They give a historical overview of what the human species has been doing with its refuse since hunter-gatherer times: dumping, burning, recycling, or reducing the amount of potentially discardable stuff.

Along the way, they dispel the common myths about our "garbage crisis"-about fast-food packaging and disposable diapers, about biodegradable garbage and the acceleration of the average family's garbage output. see all 3 descriptions). Library descriptions. No library descriptions found.

The Archaeology of Garbage" remind us of the age before refrigeration, unionized trashmen and automobiles, when rotting food and fresh horse manure saturated even the finest neighborhoods. At the turn of the century, New York City had 15,000 dead horses a year to dispose of, and it did so by stewing their corpses in large vats with other wet garbage. The process produced appalling odors and a foul liquid runoff. William Rathje is the nation's best-known garbologist. He is director of the Garbage Project at the University of Arizona, which since 1973 has applied archeological techniques and principles to the study of the American people and their trash. In its early years, the Garbage Project concentrated on the field of human behavior, and it unearthed a number of nuggets by systematically inventorying the refuse from selected Tucson neighborhoods.

William Rathje and Cullen Murphy tell the fascinating story of the Garbage Project, which Professor Rathje has overseen for 20 years and through 28,000 pounds of garbage excavations. By bringing the cold rationality of archeology to bear in the modern landfill, the Garbage Project has demolished many myths about garbage and unearthed important ancient truths about human society. A major victim of the facts turns out to be the crisis mentality which has characterized public debate on the subject in recent years.

by Rathje, William L; Murphy, Cullen. Publication date 1992. Topics Garbage Project (University of Arizona), Refuse and refuse disposal, Refuse and refuse disposal. Publisher New York : Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; china; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive.

An exciting and erudite investigation of the geography, history, composition, mythology, demographics, and widespread misperception of garbage--and the odd behavior of those who have made garbage what it is today. "Who would have thought reading about (garbage) could be so interesting and so much fun?--Chicago Tribune. Line drawings.
Reviews: 7
Using a rigorous application of the scientific method without any bias, this book shatters virtually every popular myth about garbage (and "recycling") and tells us much more about ourselves and our trashy behavior than most people would ever want to know. Some of the "statistics" quoted may have changed a few percentage points over time since the original publication date, but the entire premise of the book remains both eye-opening and completely valid. Virtually everthing we think we know about our ancestors has been derived from the study of their trash, and we will be judged by future generations the same way, by the incredible amount of junk we leave in our wake.
This is an overview of the University of Arizona's continuing trash sorting project started in 1972 to document the lifestyle habits of the American public through observing what we eat, what we use in household goods, etc., and then throw out. Socio, political and economic behaviors become evident while recording the fascinating finds in daily trash digging, probing, and quantifying.

This project also included studies at the now closed Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island in New York City where holes were bored all the way to the bottom of the fill and where the studies then took on a more ominous dimension of environmental impact discoveries such as: that the breakdown of trash, even over years, is a myth. The research showed that there is little biodegradation occurring due to compaction and lack of bacterial decomposition, so the researchers found completely intact and recognizable items from food to readable newsprint- even at the bottom of the heap where it was at least 50 years old- same type discoveries of intact trash heaps discovered in ancient Rome, Greece, etc.

Most distressing of the discoveries in the landfill was the discovery of the huge quantity of "leachate"- a toxic liquid stew, that is leaking at the rate of a million gallons a day into New York Harbor.

The book concludes with recommendations on alternatives to landfill as a means to dispose of trash plus recycling and lifestyle changes.

For another enlightening read on all things trash, there is Elizabeth Royte's "Garbage Land"- a personal story of discovery of what her family's trash footprint is and where everything including recyclables ends up- a real eye-opener and an entertaining read!
"Rubbish" is a highly academic book about "The Garbage Project" at the University of Arizona's Anthropology Department. The main idea behind "The Garbage Project" is to gain information about society by analyzing garbage patterns in various locations.

Despite being a book about garbage, the contents of the book are quite diverse. The book is divided into 4 parts. The first section, An Introduction to the Garbage Project, gives the background of "The Garbage Project", why it started, what they do, and what they hope to accomplish. This section also discusses how anthropologists use garbage to learn about ancient civilizations. The second section, The Landfill Excavations, discuss the basic theories of landfills, how the team takes samples from landfills, and discusses why biodegradation does not work in landfills. The third section, Interlude: Diapers and Demographics, I found to be highly entertaining. This section has a fascinating chapter on estimating the population of a neighborhood (as well as sex and age) based on the garbage collected from this neighborhood (a study done to initially help the Census Bureau). This section is also filled with useless information such as "There is a link between owning a cat and reading "The National Enquirer"". There is also a detailed discussion about disposable diapers in landfills. The final section, Garbage and the Future, was the most educational by far. This part discusses the serious shortcomings of citywide recycling programs and side effects people never hear about. There are also discussions on alternate garbage disposal methods, such as high tech incinerators used to generate electricity, as well as several other attempts at using technology to turn garbage into a useful product. The section and the book end with a chapter on reducing and addressing garbage disposal.

I think this book will not be for everyone. The book reads like a Master's Thesis at times, rather long and seems to ramble. However, some parts of the book are exceptional (such as the chapter on recycling or "Closing the Loop") and are really an eye opener.

I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in Environmental Sciences. Also, if you can manage to wade through pages of various scientific theories and facts, I'd highly recommend picking this book up! While a little slow reading at times, it is quite informative and I think a real eye opener.
Rathje's and Murphy's RUBBISH! is insightful and engaging. Their anecdotes about the ironies of environmental movements rallying behind particular causes (like McDonald's styrofoam clam shells), and their analyses of popular misconceptions about waste provide, great food for thought for policy makers and for environmentally-minded individuals concerned about the problems with waste and its disposal. Along the way, the authors demonstrate the utility of archaeological knowledge for dealing with current social challenges. This book is a really great read!
I never thought reading about garbage would be interesting - well, okay, actually I did, otherwise I would have never read this book. I mean that I didn't suspect the book would be so darn interesting. Garbage really sheds a strong light on the culture that generates it. Just think, your garbage tells us a lot about who you are. Future archaeologists are going to love digging through our old garbage in a few thousand years. Oh, what a story it will tell.
If you are looking for a researched based discussion of trash this is the book for you. It is a bit older, so some of the information needs an update, but I thought it was an informed look at the study of garbage. If you are looking for more op-eds about people who have some relationship to trash which is more up to date, but not written by a scientist and is arguably more biased, read Garbology.
Kind of a thick read. A lot of good info if you love archaeology though.