Description of Source Materials to Partner (Workshop)
My first source comes as a view on economic progression for a nation with the implementation of railways, but the piece mostly centers around the social effects that railways had within the society. Due to the different sectors, urban vs rural, in Japan the responses to the modern machine of the train was viewed in contrasting responses. While the already more modernized urban areas of Japan readily, fear of the mechanized trains plagued the rural areas. This source demonstrates how the societal/local perception of trains affected its usage within those specific areas.
Foster, Michael Dylan. “Haunting Modernity: Tanuki, Trains, and Transformation in Japan.” Asian Ethnology (2012): 3-29. PDF.
Questions for Niki-About the historical shift of centralized industrialization to manufacturing in different countries:
What caused this change? What was the historical context for this change? Was it sudden and what country was the most affected by the shift of the business/production model?
Questions posed by Niki about trains in my paper:
“Different definitions of progress in the West vs the East: In the West the train is seen as major contribution to society and modernization. How did the globalization via the train shaped other countries’ views of the US?”
The origin of railways dates back to the Greeks and the most prevalent image of trains as a symbol of modernization/contribution to society would be in the Industrial Revolution. But to answer how the globalization of the train shaped other countries’ views of the US would require more research. But as far as my current knowledge goes, Eastern nations such as Japan and China have much for technologically advances and integrated train systems in their societies. With such vast improvements to Eastern railways systems compared the almost forgotten systems within the US, my assumption would be that other countries believe that, and rightfully so, that their modernized trains/railway systems demonstrate their superiority in that category of life for their citizens.
Historically trains have had a major role within the economic and cultural spheres of many nations, making them a focal point within the society. However as societies evolve, so do cultural perspectives which in return affect trains and their usage/importance or lack thereof within the society.