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

By Takie Sugiyama Lebra

This most modern paintings from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the 1st ethnographic examine of the trendy jap aristocracy. verified as a category initially of the Meiji interval, the kazoku ranked without delay lower than the emperor and his relations. formally dissolved in 1947, this crew of social elites continues to be ordinarily perceived as the Aristocracy. Lebra received access into this tightly knit circle and carried out multiple hundred interviews with its participants. 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 locations every one topic in its old context. She analyzes the evolution of prestige limitations and the imperative position performed through outsiders.

But this publication isn't really easily concerning 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 mild at the common challenge of social stratification.

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