The organizational demography of Japanese environmentalism

Erik W. Johnson, Yoshitaka Saito, Makoto Nishikido

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Although a macro-organizational perspective has become increasingly commonplace in social movement analyses, few studies examine the full spectrum of organizations in any single social movement industry (SMI). Utilizing a unique source of data on Japanese environmental movement organizations, we compare characteristics of groups focused primarily on environmental issues with those for whom environmental issues are part of a larger multi-issue focus. We then profile across distinct, and theoretically important, organizational domains to assess how local, prefectural and national groups compare on a variety of organizational attributes, including: size, membership type, tactics and activities, and issues. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings for understanding both Japanese environmentalism and the structure of SMIs generally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-504
Number of pages24
JournalSociological Inquiry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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