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Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Yasuhito Kinoshita

Christie Kiefer (ed.)

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075955
eISBN:
9780520911789
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075955.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Faced with the decline of the traditional family and the explosive growth of the over-sixty-five population, the Japanese are looking for new ways to care for their elders. This study documents the ... More


The Scholarly Context of the Study

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075955
eISBN:
9780520911789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


The Setting and the System

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075955
eISBN:
9780520911789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter describes the location and facilities of Fuji-no-Sato, which is located on the Izu Peninsula, about two hours by express train southwest of Tokyo. The peninsula has been developed as a ... More


The Residents

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075955
eISBN:
9780520911789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the residents of Fuji-no-Sato. As of October 1, 1982, 372 residents occupied 281 units at Fuji-no-Sato. There were 134 men (36 percent) and 238 women (64 percent). The level ... More


The Residents Association

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075955
eISBN:
9780520911789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The Fuji-no-Sato Residents Association was the only formal organization among the residents. It was formal in the sense that (1) it formally represented the interests of all residents vis-à-vis the ... More


Group and Individual Activities

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075955
eISBN:
9780520911789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The age and class homogeneity of Fuji-no-Sato makes it a more or less egalitarian community, and, as such, very unusual in Japan, where interpersonal relations are usually vertically organized. Like ... More


Patterns of Social Interaction

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075955
eISBN:
9780520911789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter highlights the features of background and setting that make Fuji-no-Sato stand out as a unique whole. The first task in presenting Fuji-no-Sato as a culture-specific set of social ... More


Conclusions

Yasuhito Kinoshita

in Refuge of the Honored: Social Organization in a Japanese Retirement Community

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520075955
eISBN:
9780520911789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520075955.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This has been essentially a cultural gerontological study of an age-homogeneous community in a non-Western society. Through it, the authors sought, first, to refine Western ideas about the social ... More


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