- 年報社会学論集 (ISSN:09194363)
- vol.2015, no.28, pp.148-159, 2015-08-07 (Released:2016-10-12)
Although it is relatively well known that local business owners are active participants in local voluntary activities, we have not had enough opportunities to interpret this phenomenon sociologically. Through a qualitative analysis of one business owners' voluntary association, “Junior Chamber (Seinen-Kaigisho),” and its activity in a local traditional festival, the “Yamakasa” in Iizuka city, this paper reveals both how a local economic network has established a wider civic sensibility and what kind of role it has played in its local community. This shows us the importance of reconsidering the possibility of a form of civic engagement that initially took root in the economic sphere.