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Deaths and politicised deaths in Buenos Aires’s refuse

The appearance of corpses in rubbish tips is not a recent phenomenon. In Argentina, tips have served not only as sites for the disposal of bodies but also as murder scenes. Many of these other bodies found in such places belong to individuals who have suffered violent deaths, which go on to become public issues, or else are ‘politicised deaths’. Focusing on two cases that have received differing degrees of social, political and media attention – Diego Duarte, a 15-year-old boy from a poor background who went waste-picking on an open dump and never came back, and Ángeles Rawson, a girl of 16 murdered in the middle-class neighbourhood of Colegiales, whose body was found in the same tip – this article deals with the social meanings of bodies that appear in landfills. In each case, there followed a series of events that placed a certain construction on the death – and, more importantly, the life – of the victim. Corpses, once recognised, become people, and through this process they are given new life. It is my contention that bodies in rubbish tips express – and configure – not only the limits of the social but also, in some cases, the limits of the human itself.

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How to make sense of responses to environmental problems

beneficial. For example, we met members of a local activist group fighting to save a golf course built on a former landfill site – a meeting that led us to find literature supporting the idea that, under particular circumstances, golf can provide green space for flora and fauna to thrive, and may even help environmental recovery on particular sites (see Colding et al ., 2009 ; Ede, 1990 ; Misgav et al ., 2001 ; Price et al ., 2013 ). Furthermore, we encountered views from golf industry representatives

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the reconfiguration of environmentally damaging landscapes such as manufacturing plants and landfills to make them more in touch with nature (see American Society of Golf Course Architects, n.d.). Indeed, in Chapter 6 we explore the golf industry’s simultaneous promotion of golf course management as a technological wonder and of golf courses themselves as pristine, natural spaces. In Canada, IPM is still positioned by the CGSA as a ‘sustainable approach’, one “combining biological, cultural

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Sustainability, the arts and the watermill

: food at the watershed It is one of the themes of this essay that, throughout history, the coming together of flowing water and harvested food, in the shape of the grain mill, has been decisive for sustaining thriving communities in time and space. In recent years, mill restoration projects have become widespread and even fashionable, driven in part by the heritage industry and by interest in hydropower as an alternative energy source. The Community Heritage Fund (financed by the Landfill Tax) instigated the Windmill and Watermill Challenge in 2007 and awarded £600

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Cardboard publishers in Latin America

: environmental (referring to the importance of recycling in the context of dwindling resources and problems of litter, landfill sites and contamination); social (relating to the worth and position of waste pickers in Brazilian society); and economic (indicating the financial value of the collected materials and end-products). For this organisation, the process of recovering waste materials from streets, tips and bins is inseparable from the activity of promoting social inclusion and artistic creativity. Transforming a discarded object into a useful, valuable object involves

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Reading SimCity

infrastructure that degrades over time, and pay close attention to the demands of the citizens. The player can pass city ordinances and change tax rates, build roads and lay down railway tracks, allocate sites for garbage landfill and build schools. A ‘news ticker’ (a line of text with important ‘headlines’ detailed) informs the player of the citizens’ desires, and petitioners ask for changes in policy. As players of another god game, Black & White, found out, such a need to pay attention to competing voices can be as frustrating an experience as keeping a live pet, as

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week he’s thought of as landfill?’50 In the end a compromise was reached. The crane known as ‘Big Red’ was removed from the site, and a number of firefighters allowed to return. The remaking of the world takes time, and cannot be hurried. The unmaking of the world brought about by violence of one sort or another can only be undone by a slow painstaking remaking. This remaking, piece by piece, is similar to the process of a careful, sited listening called for by Fiona Sampson, a listening that requires attentiveness to differences and difficulties that cannot be

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. 2579Ch3 12/8/03 11:47 AM Page 81 Up or down with the ecology cycle? 81 • The amount of waste going to landfill down by 500,000 tonnes, which is the equivalent of 10 per cent of present volumes (Cabinet Communication 2000/01:38, p. 58 f.). In their assessment of the first two programme years, the Auditors of Parliament stated that meaningful judgements on environmental effects could only be made relative to such quantified objectives that existed before the establishment of National Environmental Objectives and subsequent interim targets (see above, pp. 65

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