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Economic, social and cultural concepts for building a healthy community among residents of a Japanese shopping street

Economic, social and cultural concepts for building a healthy community among residents of a... This study aims to highlight the value of economics, social relations and culture in building a healthy community by interpreting qualitative data.Design/methodology/approachA qualitative descriptive approach was used between June 2016 and May 2017 and interviews were analysed inductively. Twenty residents of a shopping street in Tohoku, a rural town in north-eastern Japan, participated in this survey. This study focused on the residents’ value of economics, social relations and culture in building a healthy community.FindingsPeople acquired economic benefits in the hope of gaining irreplaceable relationships with customers and residents, including memorable stories and heart-to-heart satisfaction. The narratives reflected not only the ideal aspects of social relations but also realistic and complex aspects, such as feelings of being uncomfortable with strangers, whether they were long-term residents or newcomers. The daily life of the town is a story, which is built based on customs fostered and strengthened through capital bonds.Originality/valueTo build a healthy community, people residing on shopping streets have unique care systems in which multiple glass shop windows make it easier to tell narrative stories, communicate or request assistance, which is very different from knocking on doors in suburban neighbourhoods. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Working with Older People Emerald Publishing

Economic, social and cultural concepts for building a healthy community among residents of a Japanese shopping street

Working with Older People , Volume 27 (1): 10 – Feb 9, 2023

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1366-3666
eISSN
1366-3666
DOI
10.1108/wwop-08-2021-0041
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Abstract

This study aims to highlight the value of economics, social relations and culture in building a healthy community by interpreting qualitative data.Design/methodology/approachA qualitative descriptive approach was used between June 2016 and May 2017 and interviews were analysed inductively. Twenty residents of a shopping street in Tohoku, a rural town in north-eastern Japan, participated in this survey. This study focused on the residents’ value of economics, social relations and culture in building a healthy community.FindingsPeople acquired economic benefits in the hope of gaining irreplaceable relationships with customers and residents, including memorable stories and heart-to-heart satisfaction. The narratives reflected not only the ideal aspects of social relations but also realistic and complex aspects, such as feelings of being uncomfortable with strangers, whether they were long-term residents or newcomers. The daily life of the town is a story, which is built based on customs fostered and strengthened through capital bonds.Originality/valueTo build a healthy community, people residing on shopping streets have unique care systems in which multiple glass shop windows make it easier to tell narrative stories, communicate or request assistance, which is very different from knocking on doors in suburban neighbourhoods.

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Working with Older PeopleEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 9, 2023

Keywords: Economics; Social relations; Culture; Healthy community building; Rural residents; Shopping street

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