Epilogue: Toward a New Legal Form for Civic Engagement

  • Masayuki Deguchi
Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)

Linguapolitical Research

Some time ago, I was invited to attend a research meeting at Harvard University by the anthropologist Professor Theodore C. Bestor. He published “Neighborhood Tokyo” (1989) under the name of Miyamoto-cho, in which he described community organization in a neighborhood in Tokyo. The terminology such as “civil society organizations,” had not been popular among researchers. His outstanding anthropological research of civil society in Japan is not usually considered as civil society research. Looking back, studies into Japan by US-origin anthropologists have a long and brilliant history, and in this line of tradition Bestor particularly studied Japan’s civil society organizations in a new context. One of the first examples is “Suye mura: A Japanese Village” (Embree 1939), a classic in Japanese community studies. Bestor did not veil an anthropologists’ pride while building on the long tradition of anthropological observers of Japan’s civil society. Frank Schwartz...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Minpaku National Museum of Ethnology and Graduate University for Advanced StudiesOsakaJapan

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