Copyright (C) 1992, 2004 by Christopher Romig Keener
A project of this scale cannot be credited solely to the author. Through the stages of research and writing of this dissertation, I have become indebted to numerous individuals, too many to recogize here.
First and foremost, I would like to thank the people of Sakaki for their participation in this project. I owe a special debt to everyone at the Chamber of Commerce who welcomed me and provided an important base for my study; I would like to especially thank Mr. Kazuo Yanagisawa, the secretariat, and his family. My research in Sakaki was conducted from January 1990 to June 1991 with funding from a Fulbright IIE award administered by the Japan-United States Educational Commission in Tokyo. I am indebted to the Fulbright administrators as well as to Professor Tadao Kiyonari of Hosei University.
I am also indebted to the guidance and support of my dissertation committee at Berkeley. Professor Laura Nader, my advisor, has been an inspiration throughout my graduate career. Professors George DeVos and Michael Gerlach have been a great help to me in working out many of the details of this research. I would also like to thank the other students and professors both at Berkeley and at Brown Univeristy who have had an influence on my education.
Family and friends have been particularly supportive through the entire process. I would like to thank my sisters, Alison and Lili, and mother, Jane, as well as my fiance, Akiko, for at times having more faith in me than I have had in myself. Friends at Berkeley and elsewhere also have been quite helpful to me. In particular, I would like to thank Nancy Abelmann, Matteo Ames, Ken Anderson, Irene Azuar, Carla-Jean Ebenstein, and Amy Shimm. I owe special thanks to Michael Druissi for reading countless drafts, giving valuable advice, and getting to know the project better than myself.
Copyright (C) 1992, 2004 by Christopher Romig Keener.
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