The genesis of resource exchange: A study of rotating savings and credit associations in the Okinawa Islands

Masahiro Tsujimoto, Miyako Kuniyoshi, Iwao Yokuda

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Abstract

In order to examine resource exchange organizations in local communities, we conducted a case study of rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs). In a ROSCA, participants regularly contribute resources to form a fund and distribute it to each participant in a rotation. Based on field research in the Okinawa Islands, the following characteristics were apparent: (1) Selection of participants is based on face-to-face relationships, such that participants know each other, in order to solve the free-rider problem; (2) The materialization of a ROSCA leads, in turn, to the strengthening of face-to-face relationships. We suggest that together, these two characteristics enable participants to maintain and develop a resource exchange. In addition, we describe the life history of one of the participants in order to examine the historical background of ROSCA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-172
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Social Psychology
Volume23
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov 1

Keywords

  • Cooperation
  • Life history
  • Resource exchange
  • Rotating savings and credit association

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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