The construction of 'waste' in the UK steel industry

MacKillop, Fionn (2009) The construction of 'waste' in the UK steel industry. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 52 (2). pp. 177-194. ISSN 0964-0568

Abstract

The steel industry has undergone profound changes of late with high profile takeovers (Tata-Corus and Mittal-Arcelor) that are part of a shift of the industry from the global North to the global South. Steel is probably the material of the globalised world with its icons and power horses (the aeroplane, the cargo ship, the automobile), it is extremely flexible in its applications, and fits into the current discourse on 'sustainability' because it is 'recyclable'. Indeed, the industry is keen to stress its 'green' credentials and efficient management of material flows in a context of rising costs, particularly of raw materials. Paradoxically, steel tends to be seen, not least by the social sciences, as an 'old-fashioned' and 'dirty' industry. This paper explores this apparent paradox through the issue of 'waste' management in the industry because it allows an analysis of the multi- dimensional relationships between materials, technologies and practices. Drawing on the resources of social as well as material sciences, the paper analyses to what extent 'waste' management is an issue of objective material properties, in contrast to social and organisational perceptions and practices around materials.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Dr Fionn MacKillop
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2011 01:13
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2012 01:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: steel; waste; governmentality; hybrid; Science, Technology and Society (STS); social construction
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960911 Urban and Industrial Land Management
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/09640560802666529
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19104

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