Village Life in Modern Japan

An Environmental Perspective

By Akira Furukawa

In Village Life in Modern Japan, author Akira Furukawa argues that the mainstream of environmentalism today remains trapped within the modernist paradigm that has led to the present global environmental malaise. Through a variety of case studies, including primary research in Japan and Nepal, as well as a rich array of secondary sources, Furukawa outlines the case for 'life-environmentalism.' Grounded in an ethnographic approach that recognizes that local, everyday-life knowledge- which has been widely denigrated and suppressed in the processes of modernization - this book offers the hope of rectifying global environmental crises. Furukawa argues that slogans such as 'think global, act local' remain problematic unless we also 'think local, act local.'


314 pages

Publication Date: 9/1/2007
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781876843328

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