In Deadly Time: The lasting on of waste in Mayhew's London

J Scanlan

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    This article examines the temporal dimension of waste in Henry Mayhew's 'London Labour and the London Poor' as an instance of how modernity has produced a largely hidden domain of the non-identical and indeterminate. Through a consideration of the phenomena of uselessness, decay and poverty I argue that the temporal dimension of waste is constituted as a corrosive or malign 'Deadly Time'. In placing such emphasis on time directed towards death, I aim to show that Mayhew's undisciplined researches can be seen as a valuable source for understanding why modern thinking struggles to come to terms with waste.
    Translated title of the contributionIn Deadly Time: The lasting on of waste in Mayhew's London
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189 - 206
    Number of pages18
    JournalTime and Society
    Volume16 (2-3)
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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    Publisher: Sage


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