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Title: Individualism of Student and School Identity Based on the "School Color" : A Case Study of an Old-System Middle School in Nagano Prefecture
Authors: TSUTSUMI, Hiroyuki
Keywords: School Identity
School Color
School Spirit
Alumni Association
Middle School in Japan
Extracurricular Activities
Issue Date: 16-Jun-2021
Publisher: 上武大学
Citation: 上武大学ビジネス情報学部紀要. 2021, 20, p.13-19
Jobu Daigaku Bijinesu Joho Gakubu kiyo (Bulletin of Faculty of Business Information Sciences, Jobu University). 2021, 20, p.13-19
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to consider the conflict between the individuality of the students and the "school color" (kōfū), which consists of the collective identity of the school and the diversity of its members. While modern schools in Japan went through various conflicts, each school has simultaneously been required to perform congruently as a system. This paper focuses on the "school color" to clarify this structure, especially from the 1890s to the 1910s, by looking into an alumni association in a middle school of Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. School color vaguely implies a suitable attitude for students attending a particular middle school. It, therefore, is not a wholesome representation of the school identity. However, from 1899, with the Amendment to the Middle School Order, the number of middle schools increased rapidly and so did occasions of sports events. This is one of the examples of when the students assumed the school color, to differentiate themselves from other schools. The very spirits of students were closely associated with the performances of their school's sports clubs, and students demonstrated their spirits through cheering at the events. While the diversity of the students was preserved, the students were, at the same time, indispensable members of the school, and their identity was represented through school color. Moreover, since their identity depended on school membership, the school color was constantly redefined by the students.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10087/13599
ISSN: 1347-6653
2188-5257
NII paper ID: https://ci.nii.ac.jp/naid/120007052395
Appears in Collections:上武大学ビジネス情報学部紀要 : オンラインジャーナル
第20巻 (2021)

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