MESA Book Awards

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

Bard College

2020 Albert Hourani Book Award Winner

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

This book offers an outstanding and novel contribution to the study of Palestinian life as a waste siege. Through a rich ethnography and a sophisticated theoretical analysis this book focuses on the governance and governing power of waste. Professor Stamatopoulou-Robbins explores waste at the intersection of geography (space/infrastructures) policies, science, technology, and quotidian management and governance. How it feels to live in between two absent states, one of abandonment and one of absence? How to understand Palestine through waste, and how to understand waste as occupation of a physical “empty” space, after the metaphorical empty space of occupation?

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