(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Political ecologies of electronic waste : uncertainty and legitimacy in the governance of e-waste geographies

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

PICKREN G. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens, GRECE


This article examines political ecologies of electronic waste through uncertainty and legitimacy in the governance of e-waste geographies in the United States. First, it highlights the ambiguities and democratic deficits that emerge from promoting global environmental justice politics through market-driven disposal choices. Second, it analyzes the practices of representation through which NGOs and institutions produce e-waste as an object of regulation/commodification that is amenable to consumer action. It concludes that, given the complexity of global commodity-networks like those for used electronics, these governing narratives rely on abstractions that oversimplify and rework the fetish of what e-waste is, where it goes, and how it should be managed


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no1 [pp. 26-45]

Bibliographic references : 5 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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