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Troubled NaturesWaste, Environment, Japan$
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Peter Wynn Kirby

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834289

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834289.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Japan’s Waste Shadow

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Troubled Natures
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Peter Wynn Kirby

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834289.003.0001

This book explores the meaning of “environment” in contemporary Japan by focusing on waste and pollution and their implications for how environmental threats are tackled in a wide range of sociocultural settings. Drawing on the author's fieldwork in Tokyo in 1998 through 2006, and again in 2007 and 2009, the book charts the range of sociocultural issues that encompass “environment” in the city and Japan's wastescape more generally. It also studies the political dimensions of waste in Japan, along with the complex social resonances of environmental issues, by conducting a thorough analysis of the country's “troubled natures.” It also compares environmental consciousness and environmental conduct in two Tokyo communities, Izawa and Horiuchi, with particular emphasis on broader social issues— a vermin epidemic, exclusionary practices, recycling efforts and lifestyle changes, toxic threats, and questions of identity.

Keywords:   environment, Japan, waste, pollution, Tokyo, wastescape, environmental conduct, vermin, exclusion, recycling

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