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Re-Designing the Producing Districts of Wood Furniture in a Context of Fast-Changing Capitalism: Is it Possible to Preserve Forest by Exploiting its Resources?

Re-Designing the Producing Districts of Wood Furniture in a Context of Fast-Changing Capitalism: Is it Possible to Preserve Forest by Exploiting its Resources?

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The Institut français de recherche sur le Japon à la Maison franco-japonaise is organizing a lunch seminar about "Re-Designing the Producing Districts of Wood Furniture in a Context of Fast-Changing Capitalism: Is it Possible to Preserve Forest by Exploiting its Resources?"

With Hiroki Yokota, Associate professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Shizuoka University

📅October 29th 2021 / 12:30-14:00 (JST)
📍 Online

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This presentation will focus on the Wood Furniture Industry as local industry in the context of changing capitalism from Fordism to Post-Fordism. This local industry was historically developed in industrial districts composed of many medium and small-size firms. As competition was more and more cutthroat in the domestic and global markets since the 1990s, the furniture producing districts struggle to re-design their manufacturing (monozukuri) and create specific values. Now, our societies are required to change the social relationship they entertain with nature, from the pursuit of use towards a sustainable way. In this context, the goal of this talk is to consider again the concept of the socio-economic system with regard to the producing districts of furniture and how they re-valorize their products.
 
Re-Designing the Producing Districts of Wood Furniture in a Context of Fast-Changing Capitalism: Is it Possible to Preserve Forest by Exploiting its Resources?