fterlife of Things in a Delhi Junkyard: The Liminal Debris of Consumer Culture | Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory

fterlife of Things in a Delhi Junkyard: The Liminal Debris of Consumer Culture

The trajectory of “things” that are declared obsolete is mapped to argue that a junkyard is not merely a repository of the redundant, but also a liminal space between waste and trash, as well as use and reuse. An exploration of a junkyard in the Mayapuri neighbourhood of Delhi reveals how value is extracted from waste, bypassing the imposed norms of planned obsolescence in order to induce life into the lifeless. A complex set of relationships between the imposed rules of obsolescence and actual practices of a junkyard are observed to argue that “waste” is not merely matter out of place or matter without place, but it is essentially matter on the move.

https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/46/special-articles/afterlife-things-delhi-junkyard.html

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Fellow and Associate Professor, C-PACT