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Pedagogies of Place

Kären Wigen

in A Malleable Map

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780520259188
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945807 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259188.003.0006
Pedagogies of Place

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This chapter starts by examining two early Shinano geographies that shaped closely to the orai tradition. Both bore a strong family resemblance to the ancient gazetteers; keeping prose to a minimum, each essentially presenting the reader with an annotated inventory. The first step involved converting ledgerlike lists into sentences and paragraphs. As mechanical as this may seem, incorporating verbs was essential if the chishi were to convey a temporal sensibility. The second half of the chapter takes up three disparate texts in which the new vision of Shinano began to be articulated: a native-place history, a primer on Shinano agriculture, and an advanced prefectural geography. The classiest Shinano digest of the Meiji era went the farthest in presenting the province as a work in progress. This modern primer closed with a compelling meditation on Nagano's future recounting the evolution of Shinshu from its volcanic origins to its hydropowered industrialization.

Keywords: orai; chiski; Nagano; Shinshu; industrialization

Chapter.  9658 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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