Title

Housing histories and intergenerational dynamics in Tokyo

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Social Science Japan Journal

Publication Date

Winter 1-1-2012

Volume

15

Issue

1

First Page

53

Last Page

74

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Keywords

Family strategies, Housing, Housing history, Three generations, Tokyo

Abstract

The housing landscape of Tokyo has shifted dramatically from a housing shortage immediately after World War II, to an urban sprawl driven by the 'salaried men's dream' of a single-family home, to the more recent popularity of high-rise living. Tokyo as a global megacity provides a distinctive picture given its density, culture and changing economic fortunes in the postwar period. This article draws on qualitative research conducted in Tokyo among home-owning families over three generations, exploring the links between housing and family relations in the context of changing housing and labour markets. The article provides two housing 'narratives' highlighting different experiences and strategies of families over generations. These narratives not only capture key elements of socio-economic change in Japan since the end of the War, but also illustrate the contrasting experiences of different families, particularly in relation to the interaction between housing and employment.

DOI

10.1093/ssjj/jyr016

Print ISSN

13691465

E-ISSN

14682680

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Copyright © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press in conjunction with the University of Tokyo. All rights reserved.

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Izuhara, M., & Forrest, R. (2012). Housing histories and intergenerational dynamics in Tokyo. Social Science Japan Journal, 15(1), 53-74. doi: 10.1093/ssjj/jyr016