Discard studies: This body of literature examines the variety of social and cultural formations that pertain to waste, treating those blurry boundaries that separate waste from useful things and social spaces as a culturally and historically contingent item of interest.
  • Bullard, Robert. I994. Dumping in Dixie: Race, class, and environmental quality, 2nd edn. Westview Press, Boulder, CO.
  • Davies, Anna. 2007. The Geographies of Garbage Governance: Interventions, Interactions, and Outcomes. Aldershot, Burlington Ashgate Pub. Co.
  • Falasca-Zamponi, S. 2011. Waste and Consumption: Capitalism, the environment, and the life of things. New York, NY, Routledge.
  • Gille, Zsuzsa. 2007. From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary. Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Press.
  • Kristeva, Julia. 1982. Powers of Horror: An essay on abjection. New York, Columbia University Press.
  • McDonough, William and Michael Braungart. 2002. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we Make Things. New York, North Point Press.
  • Pellow, David N. 2002. Garbage Wars: The struggle for environmental justice in Chicago. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.
  • Scanlan, John. 2005. On Garbage. London, Reaktion Books.
  • Susan Strasser. 1999. Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash. New York: Metropolitan Books.
  • Robin Nagle. 2013. Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City. New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
  • Kennedy, Greg. 2008. An Ontology of Trash. Albany: SUNY Press.

Science, technology and social movements: This body of literature examines the role of social movements in challenging the dominant paradigms of science and technology, and the role of science and technology in facilitating social movement mobilization and knowledge creation. Dominant themes include the embodied knowledge of health movements and the situated knowledge of environmental justice movements,
  • Allen, Barbara (2003) Uneasy Alchemy: Citizens and Experts in Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor Disputes (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).
  • Brown, Phil & Edwin Mikkelsen (1990) No Safe Place: Toxic Waste, Leukemia, and Community Action (Berkeley: University of California Press).
  • Corburn, Jason. (2005). Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.)
  • Fortun, Kim (2001) Advocacy after Bhopal: Environmentalism, Disaster, New Global Orders (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).
  • Frickel, Scott (2004a) Chemical Consequences: Environmental Mutagens, Scientist Activism, and the Rise of Genetic Toxicology (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press).
  • Frickel, Scott & Kelly Moore (eds) (2005) The New Political Sociology of Science (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press).
  • Hassanein, Neva (1999) Changing the Way America Farms: Knowledge and Community in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press).
  • Hess, David (2007) Alternative Pathways in Science and Technology: Activism, Innovation, and the Environ- ment in an Era of Globalization (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).
  • Hess, David. (2005) "Technology- and Product-Oriented Movements: Approximating Social Movement Studies and STS." Science, Technology, and Human Values 30(4): 515-535.
  • McCormick, Sabrina. 2009. Mobilizing Science: Movements, Participation and the Remaking of Knowledge. Philadelphia: Temple University Press
  • Purdue, Derrick (2000) Anti-Genetix: The Emergence of the Anti-GM Movement (Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate).

Critiques of ecological modernization: This literature critically examines ecological modernization theory, which holds that the processes of modernization (particularly technological innovation and market forces), when turned toward environmental ends, can solve or at least ameliorate environmental problems. Critiques generally follow Allan Schnaiberg’s “treadmill of production” model, in which capitalism necessarily increases production in response to increasing demand, resulting in further environmental degradation.
  • Dickens, Peter. 2002. “A Green Marxism? Labor Processes, Alienation, and the Division of Labor.” In Sociological Theory and the Environment, Riley Dunlap et al, eds. Plymouth: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Foster, Paul Bellamy. 1999. “Marx’s Theory of Metabolic Rift: Classical Foundations for Environmental Sociology.” American Journal of Sociology 105(2): 366–405.
  • Pellow, David N. 2002. Garbage Wars: The struggle for environmental justice in Chicago. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press.
  • Schnaiperg, A. 1980. The Environment. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Weinberg, Adam, David Pellow, & Allan Schnaiberg (2000) Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press).

Note: These are also serving as reading lists for me! For the future!
Other note: Now that this is posted, I'm realizing I might should just use "institutional ethnography" as a third literature. Maybe it'll soon be a fourth.