Joshua Reno

Joshua O. Reno is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University. His research and writing has focused on different forms of waste: municipal, mammalian, and martial. He has conducted ethnographic research on both sides of the Atlantic, but especially the United States and United Kingdom, on waste labor, markets, regulations and activism, exploring alternative and contested uses and representations of discard. More recently, his research has turned to disability, the body, and alternative semiotics. He is the author of Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill (2016) and the forthcoming book, Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness.

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Phantasmographic Possibilities

Visual and New Media Review

Phantasmographic Possibilities

There are elements of Robert Desjarlais’s provocative book, The Blind Man, that anthropologists will find unorthodox, if not unseemly, most obviously his decisi... More

What is the Midwest Thinking? U.S. Regionalism and Nationalism

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What is the Midwest Thinking? U.S. Regionalism and Nationalism

The Midwest region has become a bellwether of American national politics. Media discourses often presume that Midwestern attributes or plights manifest themselv... More

Earths

Theorizing the Contemporary

Earths

In 2012, an infographic depicting how much land (and atmosphere) would be necessary in order to sustain the world’s seven billion people if they lived like the ... More