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From the introducion: . . .From this vantage, Serge Latouche’s Sortir de la société de consommation (SSC) (2010) makes a fresh contribution to our understanding the problem of development. In this book, he discusses limitations of productivist development model by illuminating flaws in its ethical system. In this article, I examine the contents of the book in the following manner. In the second section, I briefly introduce a trajectory of Latouche’s work. In the third section, I discuss his critique of the ethical system of modernity. In the fourth section, I examine alternative ethics elaborated in SSC. In the concluding section, I remark the contribution of Latouche’s work to the Japanese debate on degrowth. . . .

The Journal of Social Science 75[2013], pp. 149-161