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"Lifescaping" toxicants : Locating and living with e‐waste in Tanzania

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Ntapanta, Samwel Moses:
"Lifescaping" toxicants : Locating and living with e‐waste in Tanzania.
In: Anthropology Today. Vol. 37 (2021) Issue 4 . - pp. 7-10.
ISSN 1467-8322

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Based on fieldwork in an informal scrap recycling workshop, this article explores how unregulated electronic waste (e-waste) handling activities in Dar es Salaam expose workers to toxic substances as part of their livelihoods. These informal economic activities are situated in the urban landscape within the surrounding global flows of e-waste and recycling and demonstrate how workers reflect on and seek to mitigate the toxic exposures they encounter as part of daily life. The concept ‘lifescaping’ is used to show how, while informal workers may be aware of toxic exposures and make the best of tricky situations in various ways, they have limited access to information about the dangers and must develop their own strategies by performing various micro-actions through which they hope to protect themselves.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Professor Anthropology of Africa
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 05:55
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022 05:55