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"Outstandingly well written, gripping, and hugely entertaining. Destined to become a classic, this anarchy of consumerism turns one man's 'trash' into a treasure: an insightful, colorful, imaginative and playful window on the underground economy of scavenging for a living among other people's cast offs." -Stuart Henry, co-author of Essential Criminology "In Empire of Scrounge, Jeff Ferrell serves as an unassuming guide into the netherworld of our own garbage. Ferrell suggests that such urban prospecting is possibly far more than simple recycling-it is a form of politics that consciously opts out of a vapid consumer culture. It's a must read!" -Meda Chesney-Lind, co-editor of Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment "I love this book! It's engaging, witty, and jarring-every page is filled with new treasures and powerful analyses of our throwaway culture. Ferrell opens a rare and vivid window on the raw aftermath of our society's conspicuous consumption and wasteful behavior, and he offers real possibilities for reflection, meditation, and redemption." -David Naguib, author of Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago "A firecracker of a book. Prepare yourself for total immersion. It reads like Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell with a sense of fun; it has all the detail and magic of James Agee. A pleasure to read: anarchic, irreverent and totally relevant."-Jock Young,co-editor of The New Politics of Crime and Punishment "By turns moving, funny, and shocking. Particularly sobering are the book-s implications for modern consumer life, and the incomprehensible amounts of junk, waste and surplus generated by a modern city." -Philip Jenkins,author of Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America
Jeff Ferrell is Professor in the department of sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology at Texas Christian University and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy, and the editor of NYU's Alternative Criminology Series.