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Troubled Natures: Waste, Environment, Japan

Peter Wynn Kirby


What does “environment” really mean in the complex, non-Western milieu of present-day Tokyo? How can anthropology contribute to the technical discussions and quantitative measures typically found in environmental studies? This book explores these questions through a deep cultural analysis of waste in contemporary Japan. The parameters are intentionally broad— encompassing ideas of “nature,” attitudes toward hygiene, notions of health and illness, problems with vermin and toxic waste, processes of social exclusion, and reproductive threats. The book concludes that how surroundings are conceived ... More

Keywords: pollution, Japan, recycling, toxic waste, energy production, Tokyo, environmental policy, environmental health, garbage, exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834289
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834289.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Wynn Kirby, author
University of Oxford