Plastic Asia

Material Ambiguities and Cultural Imaginaries

  • Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko University of Copenhagen
  • Trine Brox University of Copenhagen
Keywords: waste, pollution, purity, plastic modernity, plastic usage

Abstract

This introduction to the special issue of Plastic Asia emphasises the ambiguous and unsettling materiality of plastics. It describes how in Asian contexts, the relationships between plastics, purity and pollution are complex: simultaneously promising purity, quality and hygiene, yet frequently failing to fulfil these promises. It looks at how plastics, for some, have come to signify broader frustrations with modernity and the complexities of plastics when they are incorporated into ritual life.

Author Biographies

Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko, University of Copenhagen

SASKIA ABRAHMS-KAVUNENKO is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Email: s.abrahms.k@hum.ku.dk

Trine Brox, University of Copenhagen

TRINE BROX is an associate professor in Modern Tibetan Studies and the director of Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Email: trinebrox@hum.ku.dk

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Published
2022-04-30