The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies includes outstanding contributions from a diverse group of leading academics from across the globe. This volume is designed to serve as a major interdisciplinary reference work and a seminal text, both rigorous and accessible, to assist students and scholars in understanding one of the major nations of the world.
Chapter 7: Regionalism and the Local
Regionalism and the Local
The theme ‘Regionalism and the Local’ is, in itself, less an academic category than a descriptive reference. In a strictly concrete sense ‘regionalism’ implies differences between places, processes of change among places, and policies affecting places, whereas ‘the local’ refers to the fundamental geographical unit of the nation-state as a concrete reality. Conceptually, ‘regionalism’ implies more of an ideological position, one stressing some affective loyalty to one's region in which ‘the local’ is an idealized notion of place as an abstract conceptualization. These two views often come together in the principle of regional autonomy, which prioritizes the regional and local at the expense of or in addition to the nation as a whole. As such, not only are there multiple dimensions inherent to the theme, but these ...