American Plastic

A Cultural History

By Jeffrey L. Meikle
(Rutgers University Press, Paperback, 9780813522357, 424pp.)

Publication Date: October 1997

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Winner of the 1996 Dexter Prize from the Society for the History of Technology and a 1996 Choice Outstanding Academic Book"A splendid history of plastic. The book is authoritative, thorough, interdisciplinary, and intriguing. . . Meikle] traces the course of plastics from 19th-century celluloid and the fist wholly synthetic bakelite, in 1907, through the proliferation of compounds (vinyls, acrylics, polystyrene, nylon, etc.) and recent ecological concerns. . . .Interested readers of whatever predisposition will likely enjoy this comprehensive and thoughtful treatise."--"Publishers Weekly""A landmark account. . . . He combines a first-rate technological history with a most impressive cultural analysis of how plastics evolved from a material surrounded by utopian expectations to a material epitomizing inferiority and eventually to a part of everyday life. . . . One of the most significant works ever written in the history of American technology and culture."--"Nature"" A] truly outstanding work . . . here is a work of intellectual strength written with great literary style. . . . This significant work is likely to be widely cited in academic circles, defining the field for a generation of readers. Don't let it pass you by An extraordinary contribution, for all levels of readers."--"Choice""This is real interdisciplinary work, roaming in focus, adaptive in method."--"Journal of American History""This scholarly and comprehensive work . . . is nontechnical and emphasizes the social and cultural impact of plastics. . . . Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in understanding contemporary society."--"Library Journal"
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