“Rubbish belongs to the poor”: Hygienic Enclosure and the Waste Commons. 2022. Pluto Press (available to order above and here)

Taking Form, Making Worlds: Cartonera Publishers in Latin America (with Lucy Bell and Alex Flynn). 2022. Texas University Press (available to order above and here)

Winner of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Best Book in Latin American Visual Culture Award 2023.

Public Anthropology

Waste pickers risk their lives to stop plastic pollution – now they could help shape global recycling policies. O’Hare, P., & Fernandez, L. (2022). The Conversation, 29.11.22

Journal Articles

The politics of coproduction during Latin America’s ‘Pink Tide’: Water, housing, and waste in comparative perspective. O’Hare, P., Goodwin, G., Sheild Johansson, M. & Alderman, J., 26 May 2022, In: World Development. 157, p. 1-14 14 p.

Cambridge, Carnaval, and the ‘Actually Existing Circularity’ of Plastics. O’Hare, P., 27 May 2021, In: Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. 4, 1, p1-12 13p

The Bag and Beyond: Social Science and the Social Life of Plastic (Introduction to Special Collection). Steger, B., P. O’Hare & T.S. Perez., 4 May 2021, In: Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. 4, 1, p.1-8 9p

‘We looked after people better when we were informal’: the ‘quasi-formalisation’ of Montevideo’s waste-pickers. O’Hare, P., 21 Jan 2020, In: Bulletin of Latin American Research. 39, 1, p. 53-68 16 p.

Creating waste and resisting recovery: contested practices and metaphors in post-neoliberal Argentina? O’Hare, P., 30 Jul 2020, In: Ethnos. Latest Articles, 21 p.

Waste and its disguises: technologies of (un)knowing. Alexander, C. & O’Hare, P., 30 Jul 2020, In: Ethnos. Latest Articles, 25 p.

Cultural responses to the war on drugs: writing, occupying, and ‘public-ing’ in the Mexican City. O’Hare, P. & Bell, L., 14 May 2020, In: City & Society. 32, 1, p. 203-227 25 p.

From cartonera publishing practices to trans-formal methods for qualitiative research. Bell, L., Flynn, A. & O’Hare, P., 6 May 2020, In: Qualitative Research. Online First

Latin American politics underground: networks, rhizomes and resistance in cartonera publishing. Bell, L. & O’Hare, P., 1 Jan 2020, In: International Journal of Cultural Studies. 23, 1, p. 20-41

‘The landfill has always borne fruit’: precarity, formalisation and dispossession among Uruguay’s waste pickers. O’Hare, P., 5 Mar 2019, In: Dialectical Anthropology. 43, 1, p. 31-44 14 p.


Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility in Uruguay (with Cecilia Matonte). Global Alliance of Wastepickers/ WIEGO, 2022

Hacia un reciclaje inclusivo: experiencias y desafíos de la formalización de clasificadores de residuos en Montevideo. Banco Interamericana de Desarollo. Inter-American Development Bank, 2021


Blogpost: ¿Qué pueden aprender los nuevos gobiernos de izquierda de América Latina de las experiencias de coproducción de la marea rosa? O’Hare, P., Goodwin, G., Alderman, J. & Sheild Johannson, M., 25 Aug 2022, 2 p. LSE Blogs

Blogpost: What can Latin America’s new generation of left government learn from pink tide experiences of corproduction? O’Hare, P., Goodwin, G., Alderman, J. & Sheild Johannson, M., 4 Aug 2022, 2 p. LSE Blogs

Encyclopedia Entries

Waste. O’Hare, P., 14 Aug 2019, Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Cambridge

Book Chapters

Alternative Economies. O’Hare, P. 13 May 2022, A Handbook of Economic Anthropology. Carrier, J (ed). 3 ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p487-499 12p.

Landfill life and the many lives of landfills. O’Hare, P., 28 Dec 2021, The Routledge Handbook of Waste Studies. Josh, L. & Gille, Z. (eds.). 1 ed. New York : Routledge, p. 55-67 13 p. (Routledge Environment and Sustainability Handbooks).

Countering Dispossession through Cooperativisation? Waste-picker ethnography, activism and the state in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay). O’Hare, P. & Sorroche, S., 2019, Research, Political Engagement and Dispossession: Indigenous, Peasant and Urban Poor Activisms in the Americas and Asia. Kapoor, D. & Jordan, S. (eds.). London: Zed Books, p. 171-189 18 p.

Mobilizing Concealment and Spectacle Among Uruguay’s Waste-Pickers. O’Hare, P., 2018, Global Perspectives on Workers’ and Labour Organizations. Atzeni, M. (ed.). Springer, p. 43-62 19 p. (Work, Organization, and Employment).

The Uruguayan Recyclers’ Union: Clasificadores, Circulation, and the Challenge of Mobile Labor Organization. O’Hare, P., 2017, Urban Revolt: State Power and the Rise of People’s Movements in the Global South. Ngwane, T., Sinwell, L. & Ness, I. (eds.). Chicago: Haymarket Books, p. 109-133 24 p.

Book Reviews

Sanabria, Harry. The anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean (second edition). xx, 395 pp., maps, figs, tables, illus., bibliogr. London: Routledge, 2019. £79.99 (paper). 2021, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI), 27, 4, p.119-120, 2p.

Split Milk in the Anthropocene: Heather Davis’s ‘Plastic Matter’. O’Hare, P., 29 Aug 2022, In: Anthropology Book Forum. 8, 2 p.

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