Neighborhood Tokyo

ISBN-10: 0804717974
ISBN-13: 9780804717977
Edition: 1989
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Description: In the vastness of Tokyo these are tiny social units, and by the standards that most Americans would apply, they are perhaps far too small, geographically and demographically, to be considered "neighborhoods." Still, to residents of Tokyo and  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 3/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

In the vastness of Tokyo these are tiny social units, and by the standards that most Americans would apply, they are perhaps far too small, geographically and demographically, to be considered "neighborhoods." Still, to residents of Tokyo and particularly to the residents of any given subsection of the city, they are socially significant and geographically distinguishable divisions of the urban landscape. In neighborhoods such as these, overlapping and intertwining associations and institutions provide an elaborate and enduring framework for local social life, within which residents are linked to one another not only through their participation in local organizations, but also through webs of informal social, economic, and political ties.This book is an ethnographic analysis of the social fabric and internal dynamics of one such neighborhood: Miyamoto-cho, a pseudonym for a residential and commercial district in Tokyo where the author carried out fieldwork from June 1979 to May 1981, and during several summers since. It is a study of the social construction and maintenance of a neighborhood in a society where such communities are said to be outmoded, even antithetical to the major trends of modernization and social change that have transformed Japan in the last hundred years. It is a study not of tradition as an aspect of historical continuity, but of traditionalism: the manipulation, invention, and recombination of cultural patterns, symbols, and motifs so as to legitimate contemporary social realities by imbuing them with a patina of venerable historicity. It is a study of often subtle and muted struggles between insiders and outsiders over those most ephemeral of the community's resources, its identity and sense of autonomy, enacted in the seemingly insubstantial idioms of cultural tradition.

Acknowledgments
Explanatory Note
Introduction
Miyamoto-Chō, a Portrait
the Development of a Neighborhood
Local Politics and Administration
Community Services and Neighborhood Events
Formal Hierarchies of Participation and Power
Friends and Neighbors
the Festival and the Local Social Order
Conclusion
Appendixes
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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