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Abstract

HAYAMI AKIRA and KUROSU SATOMI
Regional Diversity in Demographic and Family Patterns in Preindustrial Japan

This 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 Japanese society.

Volume 27, Number 2 (Summer 2001)
2001 Society for Japanese Studies

 

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