The liminal family: Return migration and intergenerational conflict in Japan

Authors
Citation
Jw. Traphagan, The liminal family: Return migration and intergenerational conflict in Japan, J ANTHR RES, 56(3), 2000, pp. 365-385
Citations number
36
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
56
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
365 - 385
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(200023)56:3<365:TLFRMA>2.0.ZU;2-F
Abstract
The central aim of this article is to explore, from the perspective of retu rn migrants, the interplay of power and multiple obligations that shapes th e experience of return migration from major metropolitan areas to rural are as in Japan. I suggest that for many, return migration means inhabiting a l iminal social position between the neolocal and stem family ideologies that co-exist in Japan. I examine the narratives of two return migrants, with s pecific reference to the interplay of power relations within the family tha t contributed to their returns. This article also presents an example of ho w quantitative demographic data taken from a national census can be used by anthropologists to inform traditional qualitative data. Employing a demogr aphic technique known as cohort analysis, I examine inter-and intraprefectu ral migration patterns in Japan. Data from the Japanese national census are analyzed to consider the relationship between population distribution and age structure.