By Takie Sugiyama Lebra

ISBN-10: 0520076001

ISBN-13: 9780520076006

ISBN-10: 0520076028

ISBN-13: 9780520076020

This most up-to-date paintings from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the 1st ethnographic research of the fashionable eastern aristocracy. confirmed as a category in the beginning of the Meiji interval, the kazoku ranked at once under the emperor and his relations. formally dissolved in 1947, this workforce of social elites remains to be normally perceived as the Aristocracy. Lebra won access into this tightly knit circle and carried out multiple hundred interviews with its participants. She has woven jointly a reconstructive ethnography from their existence histories to create an intimate portrait of a distant and archaic world.

As Lebra explores the tradition of the kazoku, she locations every one topic in its old context. She analyzes the evolution of prestige barriers and the fundamental position performed through outsiders.

But this booklet isn't easily concerning the elite. it's also approximately commoners and the way each one stratum mirrors the opposite. Revealing formerly unobserved complexities in jap society, it additionally sheds gentle at the common challenge of social stratification.

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