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The genesis of resource exchange : A study of rotating savings and credit associations in the Okinawa Islands

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  • 沖縄の講集団にみる交換の生成
  • オキナワ ノ コウ シュウダン ニ ミル コウカン ノ セイセイ

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Abstract

In order to examine resource exchange organizations in local communities, we conducted a case study of rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs). In a ROSCA, participants regularly contribute resources to form a fund and distribute it to each participant in a rotation. Based on field research in the Okinawa Islands, the following characteristics were apparent : (1) Selection of participants is based on face-to-face relationships, such that participants know each other, in order to solve the free-rider problem; (2) The materialization of a ROSCA leads, in turn, to the strengthening of face-to-face relationships. We suggest that together, these two characteristics enable participants to maintain and develop a resource exchange. In addition, we describe the life history of one of the participants in order to examine the historical background of ROSCA.

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  • CRID
    1390282679468335616
  • NII Article ID
    110006440331
  • NII Book ID
    AN10049127
  • DOI
    10.14966/jssp.kj00004740705
  • ISSN
    21891338
    09161503
  • NDL BIB ID
    8980813
  • Text Lang
    ja
  • Data Source
    • JaLC
    • NDL
    • CiNii Articles
    • KAKEN
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