HAYAMI AKIRA and KUROSU
Regional Diversity in Demographic and Family Patterns in
article integrates recent studies of population and family history
to sketch a new image of preindustrial Japanese society. With historical evidence at macro
and micro levels, we demonstrate that diverse demographic-family patterns
coexisted before industrialization.
Based on the characteristics of northeast, central, and southwest
Japan, we conduct a simulation study and show how demographic patterns and
family structures are related.
We suggest that the varying level of regional socio-economic
developments influenced the necessity of maintaining the ratio of working
persons in households; and alternatively, shaped the demographic-family
patterns. Interpretations are
added as to the varying coexistence of norms related to diverse origins of
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