12 November 2013

12 November 2013

Theodore Bestor’s book Tsukiji: the fish market at the centre of the world(2004) is a great book that spans economic and cultural theories and applies them to the wonderful, and sensory, world of the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. As he says in the preface: ‘this is an ethnography of trade and economic institutions as they are embedded in and shaped by the cultural and social currents of Japanese life, an ethnography of how economies – how markets – are themselves created by the production and circulation of cultural and social capital as well as goods, services and financial assets.’ He also says that the book is of interest to many different groups of people, including those interested in questions of market access, the spread of supermarkets and the structure of distribution channels. It is a rewarding and thought-provoking read – and it makes you want to get on the next flight to Tokyo to visit this fish wholesale market!

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