"Patrolling the neighborhoods of central Fort Worth, sorting through trash piles, exploring dumpsters, scanning the streets and the gutters for items lost or discarded, I gathered the city's degraded bounty, then returned home to sort and catalogue the take." - From the Introduction "Jeff Ferrell's rich portrait of the urban underclass is by turns moving, funny, and shocking, and recalls such classics as Henry Mayhew's description of the street life of Victorian London. 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 Darkening Vision: How America Retreated from the 1960s"
Jeff Ferrell is professor in the department of sociology, criminal justice, and anthropology at Texas Christian University and is the author of Tearing Down The Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy. He is the editor of NYU's Alternative Criminology Series.