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Cultivating CommonsJoint Ownership of Arable Land in Early Modern Japan$
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Philip C. Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833923

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833923.001.0001

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Final Reflections

Final Reflections

(p.189) 9 Final Reflections
Cultivating Commons

Philip C. Brown

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter asserts that the book's analyses demonstrate that one cannot get a sense of transformations in landownership rights across Japan without conducting regional and local studies and incorporating them into an understanding that accounts for minority as well as majority practices. The scale of minority practice detailed reveals that emphasis on just the largest trends leaves out too much. At minimum, a substantial minority of Japan, up to a third of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu practiced some form of joint village control of arable land. Even within joint landownership, three patterns existed—per capita, per family, and per share.

Keywords:   majority practices, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, joint village, joint landownership

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