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By Jennifer Gabrys

From nutrition punnets to charge cards, plastic enables everything of our day-by-day lives. It has develop into imperative to approaches of up to date socio-material dwelling. Universalised and abstracted, it's always taken care of because the passive item of political deliberations, or a frustrating fabric tough human administration. yet in what methods could a 'politics of plastics' take care of either its particular manifestation specifically artefacts and occasions, and its complicated dispersed heterogeneity?

Accumulation explores the energy and complexity of plastic. This interdisciplinary assortment makes a speciality of how the presence and recalcitrance of plastic finds the relational exchanges throughout human and artificial materialities. It captures multiplicity by means of attractive with the processual materialities or plasticity of plastic. via a chain of themed essays on plastic materialities, plastic economies, plastic our bodies and new articulations of plastic, the editors and bankruptcy authors research particular features of plastic in motion. How are a number of plastic realities enacted? What are their effects?

This booklet could be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology, human and cultural geography, environmental stories, intake stories, technology and expertise experiences, layout, and political theory.

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G. Lury 1996) – to the performativity of engagement with objects, plastic or not. Use is as much about expression as utility, and as such it performs not only practical functions but also social relations (often indissolubly so). This performativity is evidenced even in those plastic technologies that seemingly require no skill at all. 2 Yet problems abound. Indeed, to make Velcro® work seamlessly, or skill-lessly, a lot of craft has sometimes to be mobilized. Michael recounts the frequent episodes with his daughter when her fine hair would get caught in the Velcro® strips that were attached to her cycling helmet.

Most of the ‘virtues’ embedded in materials by design – such as minimal weight, multifunctionality, adaptability and selfrepair already exist in natural materials. Amazing combinations of properties and adaptive structures can be found in modest creatures such as insects and spiders. Spider webs attracted the attention of materials engineers because the spider silk is made of an extremely thin and robust fibre, which offers an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio. Wood, bone and tendon have a complex hierarchy of structures, with each different size scale – from the angstrom to the nanometre and micron – presenting different structural features.

A few years later, in his Chemistry Triumphant, William J. Hale announced the ‘Silico-Plastic Age’ (Hale 1932). The linguistic preference for the term ‘plastic’ is an indicator that plasticity gained a cultural meaning in the twentieth century. This requires a closer look at the physical and chemical properties of the class of materials gathered under the umbrella ‘plastics’, as well as at their production process. The entanglement between material, technical and cultural aspects shapes artefacts themselves, and reconfigures the relationship between nature, artefacts and culture.

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