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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 4-06
Changing Villagers' Economies in Developing Countries under Globalization

Outline

Globalization has had a deep impact on the rural society of developing economies. The existing literature places heavy emphasis on discussing whether the impact is positive or negative for the nation or the peasant class as a whole. We try, rather, to examine the reality of rural society at the grassroots level by focusing on rural households composed of farmers, workers, and cottage industry operators. The impact of globalization reaches rural society through the domestic market. The transformation of market opportunities has different impacts on different households, which constitute the individual economic unit, depending on their internal economic structure. By studying this internal structure of grassroots actors, we can grasp the reality of the impact of globalization on rural society in developing economies. We will fully utilize our resources, knowledge of local language and experience in rural field surveys in developing economies, to approach the above theme.

Period

April 2005 - March 2007

Organizer

SHIGETOMI Shinichi

Members of the Research Project

SHIGETOMI Shinichi
SHIMIZU Tatsuya
AMAKAWA Naoko
OKAMOTO Ikuko
KODAMA Yuka
KUBO Kensuke
KOJIN Emi
YAMADA Nanae
HARASHIMA Azusa

Publications

Information of the Research Project

In November 2005, we organized a study tour to rural Thailand and Myanmar to share the analytical perspective among the study team members. This excursion also gave an opportunity for young researcher to learn how to implement rural survey in developing countries. (Scene from an interview in a village in Myanmar)