Space, Place and Dirty Work: The Experiences of Street Cleaners, Refuse Collectors and Graffiti Removers

  • Ruth Simpson
  • Jason Hughes
  • Natasha Slutskaya


As we discussed in Chap.  4, in highlighting the interdependencies between discourse and materiality, Hardy and Thomas (2014) point to the significance of bodies and space as well as objects and practices in understanding relations of power. The body is the site of ‘local, intimate and intricate power relations’, enacted and contested through the intersection of the material and the discursive—a source and agent of experience, composed of immediate perceptions, feelings, and reactions. An embodied being is thus necessarily actively involved with and inseparable from its surrounding world. Practices, as structures of action, shape how bodies are involved, how objects are used, and how subjects act and are acted upon. Here the body ceaselessly performs the activities of centring, appropriating, and projecting—in effect building the world of experience that transpires through practices.


Social Space Geographical Space Geographical Mobility Refuse Collector Dirty Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Simpson
    • 1
  • Jason Hughes
    • 2
  • Natasha Slutskaya
    • 3
  1. 1.Brunel Business SchoolBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  3. 3.School of Business, Management and EconomicsUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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