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Bogdana Manole

Bogdana M. Manole is currently completing the PhD in Environmental Social Science Program at Arizona State University. Her research is centered on questions of water distribution and hydraulic fracturing methods of oil extraction in Kern County, California. She also holds a Master degree in Cultural Studies from University of Washington, where she researched indigenous recognition and sovereignty through the lens of political economy. She is a member of Cultural Studies Association, Association of American Geographers and Decision Center for a Desert City. She is involved in a number of research projects centered on questions of environmental justice, circulation of capital and access to water.

I define the artistic interpretation of my academic work as an environmental manifesto which shows how the reality of environmental and human injustice originates in the application of capitalism.
Throughout my work I unveil the spaces of environmental degradation created by the political-economic system of capitalism that advocates relentless accumulation and profits.
As social scientist, I have the (very definite revolutionary) task show how each one of us is part of the problem and the solution. What can we do to curb the environmental pollution? Although economic development is still at the heart of the American capitalistic economy, I advocate for a mindful production and consumption of goods.
Why should we care? Pollution leaks in the water, it floats in the air. It is in our bodies.
 

Email: bogdana.manole@asu.edu

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: People pay a fee to recycle the old electronics, they take care of the environment by doing that, and when they buy new electronic stuff the cycle repeats itself, because there is a recycling system in place.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: This is act one of the podcast. People pay a fee to recycle the old electronics, they take care of the environment by doing that, and when they buy new electronic stuff the cycle repeats itself, because there is a recycling system in place.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling-Act Two: E-recycling or E-waste?
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Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling-Act Two: E-recycling or E-waste?
Description: Previously: Recycling is a feel good activity: old stuff goes somewhere, is put to good use, while we can go ahead and get new stuff. Before continuing the story I want to run by you two things I have learnt: first, that Closed Loop Recycling in Phoenix, AZ, is the co
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling-Act Three: A New Paradigm
Description: A shift of paradigm by asking a new question:how about we start asking how to make things without pollution? How would the world look then?
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: This is act one of the podcast: People pay a fee to recycle the old electronics, they take care of the environment by doing that, and when they buy new electronic stuff the cycle repeats itself, because there is a recycling system in place. This podcast will tell the paradoxical story of electronic waste.
Date: 4/2015
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: The mountains of broken glass are remnants of old TV tubes, smashed and waiting to be recycled. This is not any ordinary glass, but lead contaminated glass, what makes it dangerous for the environment and the people around.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: To give an idea of where I was, imagine the train tracks on my right, then me walking on this lonesome strip of dirt, the chain link fence on my left, and the mountains of glimmering glass behind it, surrounding the nondescript hangar. The glass looked just as pretty up close.
Date: 4/2015
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
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Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
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Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: Closed Loop is not the only toxic site in Phoenix, or around the world, but a mere drop in the bucket of growing environmental pollution without a solution in sight. Close Loop is nothing more than a cog in the market economy that only seeks profits but doesn’t account for the produced pollution.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
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Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: What makes Closed Loop Recycling memorable, are the mountains of broken glass that glimmers beautifully in the sun.
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Social Justice, All Images

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Contributor: Bogdana Manole
Title: Closed Loop Recycling- the impossible story of electronic waste in Phoenix, AZ
Description: Close Loop is at the outskirts of an a dusty industrial campus called Westgate, about 10 minutes west of downtown Phoenix, right off the I 10 as you drive towards LA. Closed Loop Recycling is a site like many others: a big cavernous nondescript hangar surrounded by chain link fence enclosing a large yard. It is flanked on one side by a busy road where trucks speed menacingly, by another industrial
Date: 4/2015
Location: Phoenix
Keywords: Development, Social Justice, Video, All Images

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