Waste and Powers

Political and Symbolic Effects Due to Privatisation of Urban Sanitation Services

in Anthropology of the Middle East
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  • 1 University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis jeanjean@unice.fr
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I would like to submit to you the idea that an anthropological approach to urban wastes and their corresponding techniques provides an understanding of the social mechanisms of articulation between the different spaces which exist in a city, as well as the construction mechanism or legitimisation of social positions. The continuing privatisation of public services, including urban sanitation services, for the pro t of big Western companies, highlights the consequences of globalisation through the imposition of technical systems.

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