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Trash Pickers and Position Taking Regarding the Environmental Field: The Participation in the Recycling Chain in Southern Brazil


  • Pinheiro, Leandro Rogério


By considering the legitimisation of environmental concerns in the composition of institutional spheres and in the production of social practices, I analyse the configuration of the environmental field, along with collective actions related to the recycling of solid waste in southern Brazil. Consequently, I seek to understand how the trash pickers constitute their position in the recycling productive chain, and in their interaction with the environmental field. By analysing the accounts of different agents who act in this chain, as well as the socio-demographic data and historiographic references, I argue that the position taking by trash pickers is organised based on a history of precarious inclusion; what is more, transience at work and solidarity ties regarding subsistence in the field combine with scarce interest in environmental causes.

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  • Pinheiro, Leandro Rogério, 2012. "Trash Pickers and Position Taking Regarding the Environmental Field: The Participation in the Recycling Chain in Southern Brazil," International Journal of Action Research, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 8(3), pages 288-309.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:ijares:doi_10.1688/1861-9916_ijar_2012_03_pinheiro

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    trash pickers; position taking; participation; environmental field; recycling of solid waste;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean


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