Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Nicole Constable

Second Advisor

Dr. Erika Loeffler

Third Advisor

Dr. Larry Israel

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The world economic situation is forcing the Japanese government to initiate policies designed to make its rice farming industry more competitive on the world market. These new policies, along with the growth of Japan's urban areas, are causing certain stresses on the cultural institution called bunke among the part-time rice farmers in the Kaizuka region of Chiba City, Japan.

An ethnographic study of these farmers reveals that the farmers of the Kaizuka region have responded to recent changes differently from the farmers of other regions because of their cultural institutions and traditions.