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Mundane GovernanceOntology and Accountability$
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Steve Woolgar and Daniel Neyland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584741.001.0001

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Classification as Governance

Classification as Governance

Typologies of Waste

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Mundane Governance

Steve Woolgar

Daniel Neyland

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 uses materials from waste management are used to explore accountability relations in action. It explores how containers provide a form of classification that constitutes the moral order of waste and thus accomplishes the order of the waste management centre. Council-issued leaflets provide classification for the moral policing of household recycling. To clean, divide, and present the contents of a household recycling container, is to accomplish the moral order of the recycling container and thence governance of the local household waste management system. Accountability relations police these moral orders. Yet the waste management centre, with its multitude of staff, containers, and signs, is characterized by continuing messiness. Wrong things are placed in wrong containers, with staff employed to climb into containers to repair the inadequacy of centre users’ presentation of containment. Further, none of the households can remember receiving a leaflet setting out the ways to present their waste.

Keywords:   Classification, waste, recycling, leaflet, recycling box, action, typology

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