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Constructing Civil Society in Japan
Voices of Environmental Movements

by Koichi Hasegawa

Based on four major case studies, this book offers an overview of contemporary Japanís changing attitudes and policies regarding environmental issues. Beginning in the 1970s, the author traces how the rapid growth of environmental politics and actions contributed to the development of a vibrant civil society. It is argued that recent environmental movements in Japan have created a new, more active public sphere, one that provides a guideline for a sustainable society. This book represents an important contribution to the growing field of environmental sociology.

Published by TransPacific Press
Published 2004, 312 pp.
ISBN 1 876843 67 5, hardback, £48.00
ISBN 1 876843 73 X, paperback, £19.99