Flesh for beads @ Mardi Gras
"Even if you have never been to the Carnival celebrations, you possibly know the standard scene that plays out on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street every single year: Revelers line up along the parade route to collect beads tossed from floats. Several try to gather as several as feasible, and some drunken revelers will even expose themselves in exchange for the plastic trinkets.
But the celebratory atmosphere couldn’t be more diverse from the grim factories in the Fujian province of China, where teenage girls work around the clock creating and stringing with each other the green, purple and gold beads.
I’ve spent numerous years researching the circulation of these plastic beads, and their life doesn’t commence and finish that a single week in New Orleans. Beneath the sheen of the beads is a story that’s far far more complex — 1 that takes spot in the Middle East, China and the United States, and is symptomatic of a consumer culture constructed on waste, exploitation and toxic chemicals" (Redmon 2017 www.pri.org/stories/2017-02-28/destructive-life-mardi-gra…)
See our web page on Redmon’s film www.followthethings.com/mardigras.shtml
LEGOing by Ian Cook in the course of an MRes Crucial Human Geographies class at the University of Exeter
By followthethings.com on 2017-03-04 09:46:51