Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan

Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan

by Brett Walker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0295991380

ISBN-13: 9780295991382

Pub. Date: 05/06/2011

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Every person on the planet is entangled in a web of ecological relationships that link farms and factories with human consumers. Our lives depend on these relationships -- and are imperiled by them as well. 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

Overview

Every person on the planet is entangled in a web of ecological relationships that link farms and factories with human consumers. Our lives depend on these relationships -- and are imperiled by them as well. 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 transformed by an engineered, industrialized, and poisonous environment. Toxins moved freely from mines, factory sites, and rice paddies into human bodies.

Toxic Archipelago explores how toxic pollution works its way into porous human bodies and brings unimaginable pain to some of them. Brett Walker examines startling case studies of industrial toxins that know no boundaries: deaths from insecticide contaminations; poisonings from copper, zinc, and lead mining; congenital deformities from methylmercury factory effluents; and lung diseases from sulfur dioxide and asbestos.

This powerful, probing book demonstrates how the Japanese archipelago has become industrialized over the last two hundred years -- and how people and the environment have suffered as a consequence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295991382
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
05/06/2011
Series:
Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Pain of a Poisoned World William Cronon ix

Preface xiii

Prologue xvii

Introduction: Knowing Nature 3

1 The Agency of Insects 22

2 The Agency of Chemicals 45

3 Copper Mining and Ecological Collapse 71

4 Engineering Pain in the Jinzu River Basin 108

5 Mercury's Offspring 137

6 Hell at the Hojo Colliery 176

Conclusion 211

Notes 225

Works Cited 251

Index 271

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