S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Dept. of Anthropology (인류학과) Korean Anthropology Review Korean Anthropology Review Vol.4 (2020)
Place and Placelessness of Old Age: The Politics of Aging in Place in Rural Japan
- Kim, Heekyoung
- Issue Date
- Korean Anthropology Review, Vol.4, pp. 149-174
- This article was originally published in 2016 『비교문화연구』 [Cross-cultural studies] 22(2): 259-289; Translated into English by Bonnie Tilland.
- In this study, I investigate the ways that different concepts and senses of place in rural Japan collide during the process of applying the “ging in Place” (AIP) philosophy by diverse actors, including the central government, regional
governments, civic groups, NPOs, the elderly and their neighbors, which
paradoxically results in the elderly, who are the targets of the policies, becoming alienated. First, the study analyzes in depth the experiences of place and placelessness of the elderly in local communities, examining how the elderly’ sense of place is changing. Second, the study critically observes the gap between the places the central and regional governments offer and the elderly’ sense of place. Third, the study discusses the attempts at and limitations to the offering of alternative places by old people’ cooperative unions and volunteer groups. The study critically observes the political and economic context for placelessness and stresses the importance of suitable and practical alternatives, given the elderly’ changing sense of place, in order to implement AIP successfully.