2017 2017年度 研究助成プログラム Research Grant Program 2017  /  (B)個人研究助成  
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Succession and Reconsturuction of Festivals/Folk Performing Arts in Overaged and Depopulated Communities: Focusing on the role of mediator between inhabitants, out-migrants, incomers, and volunteers
武田 俊輔
Shunsuke Takeda
School of Human Cultures, The University of Shiga Prefecture
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


 This research investigates how inhabitants have continued the local festivals and folk performing arts from generation to generation. To take over them, residents need supports from out-migrants, incomers, and volunteers. In the process of taking over the indigenous customs, participants re-construct the festivals and performances. This research analyses the transition and make clear the function of cooperation between inhabitants and other stakeholders in overaged and depopulated communities. Moreover, it aims to show the possibility of local festivals and folk performing arts to empower the community because they play the role of mediation among diverse collaborators. 
 This research project focuses on conflicts and misunderstanding between residents and other stakeholders. Through the negative incidents and feelings, people can learn how to live and cooperate in the community together. And in that situation, those who mediate between residents and other stakeholders are important. The project conducts the participant observation and interview for participants in three festivals in farm, mountain and fishing village because industrial and job structure gives effect to the organizational one. Research cases are Onda festival in Aso city, Rokusai-nenbutsu in Takashima city, and Kanmai festival in Iwaishima Island, Kaminoseki town. 
 This study shows the importance and difficulty of local festivals in regional community from comparative framework.

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