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Local Environmental Movements: A Comparative Study of the United States and Japan

Edited By: Pradyumna P Karan and Unryu Suganuma

303 pages, 60 b/w photographs, 17 illustrations, 29 maps

University Press of Kentucky

Hardback | Aug 2008 | #179897 | ISBN-13: 9780813124889
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In light of increasing evidence demonstrating the irreparable damage humans have inflicted on the planet, some have adopted a defeatist attitude toward environmental crises. "Local Environmental Movements: A Comparative Study of the United States and Japan" illustrates how local groups in both Japan and the United States are refusing to surrender the earth to a depleted and polluted fate. Drawing on a series of case studies, a team of scholars from across the world discusses the efforts by grassroots organizations to promote sustainable development that respects the need for environmental protection and cultural preservation.

This book does a great job of illustrating how social movements negotiate the local, regional, national, and international forces that shape environmental conflicts.--Shawn Banasick, Kent State University

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Pradyumna P. Karan, professor of geography at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Japan in the Twenty-first Century: Environment, Economy, and Society. Unryu Suganuma is associate professor of geography at J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo and the author of Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations.

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