2014 年 2014 巻 32 号 p. 81-97
According to a previous study on Kariya (Akimoto 1971), the city was dominated by “top leaders” of auto firms, workers and labor unions would not commit to social support activities in local communities because their primary interest at the time was focused on work conditions or national politics. In later years, with stable employment and living conditions, auto workers gradually formed intimate ties in their neighborhoods and have come to enjoy community life and have become active participants in various residential activities.
Based on data collected from a questionnaire survey conducted in 2012, this paper examines and illustrates the contours of the local structures in three selected communities and the social consciousness and behavior of male residents in Kariya. Furthermore, a multivariate causal analysis shows that it is the accumulation of social networks embedded in the local communities that has caused the above changes.