Toxic Archipelago A History of Industrial Disease in Japan

ISBN-10: 0295989548
ISBN-13: 9780295989549
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $43.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 3/8/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496

The Earth's environment is interlaced with complex, constructed ecological pathways that link industrial facilities and human consumers. Nowhere is this truer than on the Japanese archipelago. During the nineteenth century, Japan saw the rise of Homo sapiens industrialis, a new breed of human who was transformed by an engineered, industrialized, and poisonous environment. Toxins moved freely through mines, factory sites, and rice paddies and more directly into human bodies.Toxic Archipelagoexplores the relationship between the causes of colossal toxic pollution and the manner in which pain caused by pollution insults porous human bodies. Brett Walker examines startling case studies of industrial toxins that know no boundaries: a killer pollution from insecticide saturations; poisonings from copper, zinc, and lead mining; congenital deformities from methylmercury factory effluents; and lung diseases from sulfur dioxide and asbestos. This powerful and thoughtful book demonstrates a deep understanding of how the Japanese archipelago has become industrialized over the last two hundred years and the human and environmental consequences of that transformation. Brett L. Walker is Regents' Professor and department chair of history and philosophy at Montana State University, Bozeman. He is author ofThe Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 15901800andThe Lost Wolves of Japan.

Foreword: The Pain of a Poisoned World
Preface
Prologue
Introduction: Knowing Nature
The Agency of Insects
The Agency of Chemicals
Copper Mining and Ecological Collapse
Engineering Pain in the Jinz&ubar; River Basin
Mercury's Offspring
Hell at the H&obar;j&obar; Colliery
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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