February 25: LOGISTICS II: Optimized Distribution, Delivery & Disposal

Lee Russell, Delivery Boy, Caruthersville, Missouri, 1938, via Library of Congress

Today we look at how logistical codes and logics are made manifest in urban and rural landscapes — through the way networked nodes are situated, the way services are deployed, the way resources are stored and circulated, and how all this activity is tracked and optimized and represented on apps and maps. How are people integrated into these systems? How does their presence impact communities?

Artifact Analysis Presentations: Mia, Yingru, Clara, Miri, Keaton, Alice

To be reviewed for today’s class:

Supplemental Resources:

  • Discard Studies.
  • Neils van Doorn, “Platform Labor.”
  • Rosalind Fredericks, Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Duke University Press, 2018).
  • Emma Knight, “It’s the Algorithm, It Decides: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Algorithmic Systems of Management in On-Demand Food Delivery Work in Amsterdam,” Masters Thesis, University of Amsterdam, 2019.
  • Jesse LeCavalier, “The Restlessness of Objects,” Cabinet 47 (2012): 90 – 97.
  • Jesse LeCavalier, The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).
  • Josh Lepawsky, Reassembling Rubbish: Worlding Electronic Waste (MIT Press, 2018).
  • Clare Lyster, Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Our Cities (Birkhäuser, 2016).
  • Shannon Mattern, “Middlewhere: Landscapes of Library Logistics,” Urban Omnibus (June 24, 2015).
  • Kathleen M. Millar, Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio’s Garbage Dump (Duke University Press, 2018).
  • Nate Millington and Mary Lawhon, “Geographies of Waste: Conceptual Vectors from the Global South,” Progress in Human Geography 43:6 (2019).
  • Robin Nagle, Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014).
  • Dietmar Offenhuber, Waste Is Information: Infrastructure, Legibility and Governance (MIT Press, 2017).
  • Dara Orenstein, Out of Stock: The Warehouse in the History of Capitalism (University of Chicago Press, 2019).
  • Joshua O. Reno, Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill (University of California Press, 2016).
  • Julia Ticona, Alexandra Mateescu, and Alex Rosenblat, “Beyond Disruption: How Tech Shapes Labor Across Domestic Work & Ridehailing,” Data & Society (June 26, 2018).
  • Tracy Lynn Vargas, “Dollar Store Economy: Reproducing Inequality Within the Organization of Retail Service Work,” Dissertation, Syracuse University, 2018.
  • Tracy L. Vargas, “Employees or Suspects? Surveillance and Scrutinization of Low-Wage Service Workers in U.S. Dollar Stores,” Journal of Labor and Society 20 (2017): 207-30.

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