Hybrid Identities of Family Business Successors Formed through Reimmigration

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  • 地域移動が形成する家業継承者の二重の主体性
  • 地域移動が形成する家業継承者の二重の主体性 : 島根県中山間地域の地域内よそ者のライフストーリー分析を通して
  • チイキ イドウ ガ ケイセイ スル カギョウ ケイショウシャ ノ ニジュウ ノ シュタイセイ : シマネケン チュウサンカン チイキ ノ チイキ ナイヨソモノ ノ ライフストーリー ブンセキ オ トオシテ
  • :The Life Stories of “Outsiders Grown up inside their Hometowns” in Mountain Areas of Shimane Prefecture, Japan
  • ─島根県中山間地域の地域内よそ者のライフストーリー分析を通して─

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<p>   As population decline advances in the mountain areas that cover the major part of Japan’s land area, nurturing human resources for local revitalization has become a crucial issue.<br>   In the mountain areas of the Chugoku region, almost all residents have had the experience of migrating to cities for education or employment during the early part of their life course. Using the concept of “outsiders grown up inside their hometown,” this study considers how family business successors form hybrid identities that combine the natures of a local resident and a city resident and how nurturing “outsiders grown up inside their hometown” may serve as the driving force behind local revitalization.<br>   The study approaches the construction of identity from temporal and spatial aspects. To clarify the process by which the two identities integrate while experiencing internal conflict, the life story method was employed to conduct empirical surveys with family business successors. The analysis reveals the fact that family business successors, with their hybrid identities, face structural changes related to population decline in the local community. In the narratives of the family business successors, when changes in the local community turned into problems that impacted the family business, the nature of “outsiders who grew up inside their hometown” functioned as an agency of business reform.<br>   Arguments concerning local revitalization have thus far often emphasized the opposing aspects of endogenous development through nurturing and harnessing the unique characteristics and spontaneity of local residents and exogenous development that incorporates a new sense of values from outsiders. In contrast, the findings of this study point to the importance of research into the hybrid identity of human resources for local revitalization in mountain areas, where the issue of family business succession is simultaneously endogenous and exogenous.</p>



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