Environmental politics in Japan: An integrated structural analysis

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Political conflict poses questions about social cohesion, power, and change that culturalist and materialist theories answer very differently. Comparative sociology requires a method for the integrated and weighted use of their answers. The following case study of environmental politics in Japan develops and illustrates the use of such a method. The types of sanctions used to build influence relations, analyzed through graphs and network matrices, indicate the relative validity of different theories. In this case, a class structure determines the main direction of environmental politics, but cultural legitimations sometimes divert it to other tracks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-202
Number of pages24
JournalSociological Forum
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1989


  • Japanese society
  • cultural sociology
  • political economy
  • political sociology
  • qualitative methods
  • social movements


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