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Local Environmental Movements

edited by Pradyumna P. Karan and Unryu Suganuma

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320 pages  Pubdate: 09/12/2010  8.5 x 11 x 1.00  130

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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.

Pradyumna P. Karan, professor of geography at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Japan in the Twentyfirst 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.

“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

“I strongly recommend that all people interested in environmental issues read this volume.”—Bimal Kanti Paul, Kansas State University

"[Shows] that ideas about nature and grassroots politics are shaped as much by relationships between actors as they are by grand historical narratives... well worth the read."--H-Net Reviews