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dc.contributor.authorSteger, Brigitte
dc.contributor.authorO'Hare, Patrick
dc.contributor.authorPerez, Teresa Sandra
dc.identifier.citationSteger , B , O'Hare , P & Perez , T S 2021 , ' Introduction to special collection : social science and the social life of plastics ' , Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies , vol. 4 , no. 1 , 4 , pp. 1-8 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 274082089
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-2535-2881/work/93515192
dc.descriptionWe acknowledge the funding for this project coming from UKRI, EP/S025308/1, and thank for the support.en
dc.description.abstractConcern around plastic pollution and China’s ban on receiving foreign waste and recyclate have refocused attention on responsible waste management and attracted interdisciplinary research that impacts policy and practice. Consequently, plastic has elevated the role of social science in the innovation space, which has traditionally been occupied by science and enterprise. This opening article marks the launch of a special collection of works, which will be published monthly, on the social life of plastic. As a preface to the forthcoming contributions, this introduction highlights the value of humanities and social science approaches to tackling plastic waste, tracing the directions that the social science of waste and plastic has taken and can take in future. Concomitantly, it helps to steer discussions and collaborations away from the restricted realm of plastic bag consumption towards a deeper engagement with socio-material processes. We thus contribute to ensuring that the current anti-plastic zeitgeist is situated in space and time, and that potential solutions benefit from a rigorous examination of the multiplicity of plastics.
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dc.rightsCopyright: © 2021 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See
dc.subjectPost-consumer plasticen
dc.subjectConsumption culturesen
dc.subjectHousehold recyclingen
dc.subjectCircular economyen
dc.subjectPlastic pollutionen
dc.subjectQualitative researchen
dc.subjectEnvironmental politicsen
dc.subjectWaste policyen
dc.subjectGlobal social problemsen
dc.subjectPeople-centred solutionsen
dc.subjectGN Anthropologyen
dc.subjectH Social Sciences (General)en
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.titleIntroduction to special collection : social science and the social life of plasticsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Social Anthropologyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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