A Century of Recycling in Beijing
"This is a highly engaging and important book. It provides a rich introduction to a subject that has received only scant attention in historical scholarship. . . . The book is a great achievement. It is sure to reward readers with its astute analysis of recycling at a time when finding solutions to our global environmental crisis could not be more urgent." * Technology and Culture * "Remains of the Everyday significantly contributes to the state of research on Beijing's modern history, urban governance, environmental policy, formal-informal economic dynamics and resource recovery." * China Quarterly *
Joshua Goldstein is Associate Professor of modern Chinese history at the University of Southern California and the author of Drama Kings: Players and Publics in the Re-creation of Peking Opera, 1870-1937.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction Part One. The Republican Era (1912-1949) Recycling of a Different Sort 1 Dreams of a Hygienic Infrastructure Deferred 2 From Imperial Capital to Secondhand Emporium Modernity of a Different Sort Part Two. The Mao Era (1949-1980) Recycling According to Plan 3 The Rural Exile of Urban Wastes 4 Standardizing Chaos: Rationalizing the Junk Trades in the 1950s 5 Effortful Equilibriums of the State-Managed Scrap Sector, 1960-1980 Beijing's Waste-Scape on the Cusp of Market Reform Part Three. The Reform Era (1980-Present) Fighting over the Scraps 6 A Tale of Two Cities, 1980-2003 7 Top of the Heap 8 No Longer the World's Garbage Dump! Whither Beijing's Recyclers? Appendix: Timelines of Selected Events in the Recycling and Sanitation Bureaucracies, 1949-2000 Notes Index