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The Role of Tradition in Japan's IndustrializationAnother Path to Industrialization$
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Masayuki Tanimoto

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198292746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198292740.001.0001

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The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization: Another Path to Industrialization

The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization: Another Path to Industrialization

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The Role of Tradition in Japan's Industrialization

Masayuki Tanimoto

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the book and relates the succeeding chapters to theoretical and comparative issues in the English-language literature. It presents an overview of author’s research on the rural weaving industry. After showing comparative quantitative data on the weight of small businesses, the chapter shows the development of the rural weaving industry up to the 1920s, discussing the functions of the putting-out system combined with peasant household strategy. The role of economic and social institutions together with the economy of the industrial district is also discussed, based on this case study addressing the recent scholarship of Japanese economic history. This particular pattern of development is conceptualized as ‘indigenous development’, and its implications are considered within the context of comparative economic development.

Keywords:   weaving industry, small business, putting-out system, peasant, household strategy, economic institution, social institution, industrial district, indigenous development, comparative economic development

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