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Title: Hybridising counterurbanisation: Lessons from Japan's kankeijinkō
Authors: Dilley, Luke
Gkartzios, Menelaos
Kudo, Shogo
Odagiri, Tokumi
Keywords: Counterurbanisation
Heterolocalism
Japan
Mobilities
Rural
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: This paper examines the discourse and material manifestation of kankeijinkō, a phrase used in Japan to describe, primarily, highly mobile groups of urbanities who make regular visits to the countryside. Drawing on Japanese grey literature, secondary data analysis, national-level policy reports and exploratory fieldwork in the northwest of Japan, we argue that the concept of kankeijinkō offers a view of rural mobility quite different from more established views of counterurbanisation, at least in the way that it has been captured in the global north. As a concept, kankeijinkō invites us to move beyond simple and binary taxonomies of migration and settlement, and destabilizes the notion of rural vitality as being linked to rural populations that are spatially fixed and bounded. Further, the promotion of kankeijinkō in policy discourses in Japan has the potential to support new hybrid, fluid and place-based rural lifestyles that contribute to an interconnected global countryside. On the other hand, the discourse of kankeijinkō might privilege certain modes of rural mobility and being, circumscribing the potentialities of these mobile groups. © 2023 The Authors
URI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2023.102967
https://hdl.handle.net/11147/14176
ISSN: 0197-3975
Appears in Collections:City and Regional Planning / Şehir ve Bölge Planlama
Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection

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