The Japanese City: A Sociological Analysis

The Japanese City: A Sociological Analysis

The Japanese City: A Sociological Analysis

The Japanese City: A Sociological Analysis

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Recently I was given the opportunity of publishing my own formulation of Nihon Toshi no Hatten Katei, "The Process of Development of the Japanese City," (Kobundo, March, 1962), based on the analytic methods of sociology. The purpose of this research was to overcome a traditional inadequacy in our country, namely, to grasp sociologically the facts of the historical development of the Japanese city, from ancient up to modern times and also to construct a sociological theory appropriate to urban Japan.

Theory involves organizing the materials accumulated from the researches of scholars already made concerning the Japanese city, indicating the problems and methods of the future, and putting the investigation and research into a scientifically useful form; I was, however, severely limited in both time and number of pages in the volume first published. Hence, having expended my energies in the conceptual account of the process of development of the Japanese city, I could only imperfectly develop the theoretical account so intimately related to it.

Accordingly, in the present volume, I propose to indicate those theories relating to urban life which I consider basic for the understanding of the Japanese city, along with the methodological grounds of my own urban analysis, hoping to contribute to future research of the Japanese city.

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