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Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging

Empire of Scrounge Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving Trash Picking and Street Scavenging 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 b

  • Title: Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging
  • Author: Jeff Ferrell
  • ISBN: 9780814727379
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 IntroductionIn December of 2001 Jeff Ferrell quit his job as tenured professor, moved back to his hometow 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 IntroductionIn December of 2001 Jeff Ferrell quit his job as tenured professor, moved back to his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, and, with a place to live but no real income, began an eight month odyssey of essentially living off of the street Empire of Scrounge tells the story of this unusual journey into the often illicit worlds of scrounging, recycling, and second hand living Existing as a dumpster diver and trash picker, Ferrell adopted a way of life that was both field research and free form survival Riding around on his scrounged BMX bicycle, Ferrell investigated the million dollar mansions, working class neighborhoods, middle class suburbs, industrial and commercial strips, and the large downtown area, where he found countless discarded treasures, from unopened presents and new clothes to scrap metal and even food.Richly illustrated throughout, Empire of Scrounge is both a personal journey and a larger tale about the changing values of American society Perhaps nowhere else do the fault lines of inequality get reflected so clearly than at the curbside trash can, where one person s garbage often becomes another s bounty Throughout this engaging narrative, full of a colorful cast of characters, from the mansion living suburbanites to the junk haulers themselves, Ferrell makes a persuasive argument about the dangers of over consumption With landfills overflowing, today s highly disposable culture produces trash than ever before and yet the urge to consume seems limitless.In the end, while picking through the city s trash was often dirty and unpleasant work, unearthing other people s discards proved to be unquestionably illuminating After all, what we throw away says about us than what we keep.

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    1 thought on “Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging

    1. I wanted to like this book, but I can't seem to get through it, and I am going to turn it back into the library without finishing it. For some reason, its style is just not grabbing me.

    2. *SPOILER ALERT! THIS IS THE WORST BOOK I'VE READ IN YEARS!*I have to be honest up front that I in fact did not actually read this book in it's entirety, but I did read just over half completely and then skimmed most of the rest. Unfortunately, it was just such a pointless book that I could take no more of it! The format, which is at first engaging, quickly becomes tiresome, as it is just a continual string of 1 page anecdotal stories of trash that he found or people that he avoided contact with. [...]

    3. One of the cross references for cataloging this book is rag pickers. I like that and the idea behind rag pickers. Rag pickers historically, made a living from the detritus of others and were very low on the social scale. Jeff Ferrell, a professor, albeit a rag picker, a dumpster diver, and a guy who lives off of the stuff other people leave behind brings sustainable living into sharp focus. Some might call him a nut, but I think of him as one of the real sustainable livers. He furnishes his hous [...]

    4. I only recommend this book if you have a very strong interest in the subject matter. At first I thought that a really good editor could smooth out the rough patches, delete the abundance of lists, and remove the repetition of anecdotes. But really what this book needs is a wholesale rewrite. The most interesting pieces are the interactions with people while scrounging, and the more documentary storytelling in the chapter on a city recycling program.I'm not sorry I checked this book out from the [...]

    5. This is about a guy who quits his academic job mid semester and decides he is going to return to Fort Worth and try to live on only what he could find on the street. Dude says he was living with some one who had a minimum wage job. This book has pictures and art the Dude makes with the stuff he finds. He makes lists of the stiff he finds and how he has to store it. He rides around town on a scrounged bike, with scrounged tools and he collects stuff—some stuff he sells on Ebay and he will colle [...]

    6. "It's true, I realized, necessity is the mother of invention; it's a hard-worked wellspring of personal creativity and innovation. . .when nothing of yourself is needed, when everything is bought new and delivered complete, convenience becomes the mother of existential complacency." - Jeff FerrellThis quote summarizes this fantastic book - fantastic.

    7. Written like a text book. If this book was edited differently, the content could have jumped to life.

    8. The guy loses his job and determines that he'll research and write an ethnography of dumpster diving and trash. He becomes one with his objects. Amazing.

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