Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese by Takie Sugiyama Lebra PDF

By Takie Sugiyama Lebra

ISBN-10: 0520076001

ISBN-13: 9780520076006

ISBN-10: 0520076028

ISBN-13: 9780520076020

This most modern paintings from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the 1st ethnographic examine of the fashionable eastern aristocracy. verified as a category first and foremost of the Meiji interval, the kazoku ranked without delay lower than the emperor and his relations. formally dissolved in 1947, this staff of social elites continues to be usually perceived as the Aristocracy. Lebra won access into this tightly knit circle and carried out a couple of hundred interviews with its individuals. She has woven jointly a reconstructive ethnography from their lifestyles histories to create an intimate portrait of a distant and archaic world.

As Lebra explores the tradition of the kazoku, she areas each one topic in its ancient context. She analyzes the evolution of prestige obstacles and the vital position performed through outsiders.

But this ebook isn't really easily in regards to the elite. it's also approximately commoners and the way every one stratum mirrors the opposite. Revealing formerly unobserved complexities in eastern society, it additionally sheds gentle at the common challenge of social stratification.

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