Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah and the start of the gift-giving season. As we begin an especially active season for conspicuous consumption, it is a perfect time to learn more about how we consume everything ranging from food to toys. For the public or academic library in your life, what could be a better gift this year than The Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage?
Available in both two-volume hardcover edition and easily searchable electronic edition, the encyclopedia explores the topic of consumption across multiple disciplines within the social sciences and is a valuable reference for policymakers and students in fields ranging from anthropology to history. For more information about the encyclopedia and how your library might order either a hardback or electronic copy, see SAGE’s site for the book.
Hanukkah is a festival celebrating the miracle of resource conservation over eight days. We can’t promise that The Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste can deliver miracles, but it may inform more enlightened consumption in the days and nights ahead.