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Refuge of the HonoredSocial Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community$
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Yasuhito Kinoshita and Christie Kiefer

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520075955

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520075955.001.0001

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The Scholarly Context of the Study

The Scholarly Context of the Study

(p.16) 2 The Scholarly Context of the Study
Refuge of the Honored

Yasuhito Kinoshita

University of California Press

This chapter begins with a description of the present study. As an ethnography of an age-homogeneous community in an East Asian culture, this study of Fuji-no-Sato addresses three principal bodies of literature in the West: Asian studies, cultural gerontology, and social change. In the field of Asian studies, it takes its place among many other community ethnographies, each of which reveals a facet of the evolving contemporary culture of Japan. In contributing to cultural gerontology (which refers to the ethnological study of the aged), the study focuses on the social description of Fuji-no-Sato at the expense of its economic and political implications. The chapter then discusses social integration from Western and Japanese perspectives, and presents a model of Japanese interpersonal relations.

Keywords:   ethnography, Fuji-no-Sato, social integration, interpersonal relations

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