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Capturing Contemporary JapanDifferentiation and Uncertainty$
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Satsuki Kawano, Glenda S. Roberts, and Susan Orpett Long

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838683

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838683.001.0001

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“Making an Ant’s Forehead of Difference”

“Making an Ant’s Forehead of Difference”

Organic Agriculture as an Alternative Lifestyle in Japan

(p.105) Chapter 4 “Making an Ant’s Forehead of Difference”
Capturing Contemporary Japan

Nancy Rosenberger

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines alternative ways of living in Japan in the 2000s by focusing on the life of a young female organic farmer in relation to the concepts of resistance and identity. Drawing on the story of Kana, who has given up a middle-class lifestyle for an alternative life based upon organic farming, the chapter considers how organic farming offers a particular way of resisting the status quo in Japan in the 2000s and what kind of resistance is possible in the contemporary Japanese context. It first provides a background on Japanese agriculture and the Japanese Organic Agriculture Association joined by Kana. It then discusses the nuances of the social identity that Kana strives to create within the historical-cultural context of her life and the innovative future envisioned by her and the organic movement more generally. Finally, it looks at the ecological, economic, social, and political issues that intersect with alternative lifestyles chosen by women farmers like Kana.

Keywords:   resistance, identity, organic farming, status quo, Japan, agriculture, Japanese Organic Agriculture Association, social identity, women farmers, alternative lifestyles

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