Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan

A Transdisciplinary Perspective

Edited by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka and Ewa Machotka

Consuming Life in Post-Bubble Japan

Edited by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka and Ewa Machotka

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

256 pages | 20 halftones, 3 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Cloth $130.00 ISBN: 9789462980631 Will Publish April 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This multidisciplinary book analyzes the contradictory coexistence of consumerism and environmentalism in contemporary Japan. It focuses on the dilemma that the diffusion of the concepts of sustainability and recycling has posed for everyday consumption practices, and on how these concepts have affected, and were affected by, the production and consumption of art. Special attention is paid to the changes in consumption practices and environmental consciousness among the Japanese public that have occurred since the 1990s and in the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters of March 2011.
 
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Merry White, Boston University
“A very adroit look at post-bubble Japan through its "social economics" and culture, from robots to garbage, fashion to food. I will use it with enthusiasm in graduate and undergraduate courses.” 
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