Above the clouds : status culture of the modern Japanese nobility

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Above the clouds : status culture of the modern Japanese nobility

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

University of California Press, c1993

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-407) and index

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内容説明

This is an ethnographic study of the modern Japanese aristocracy, the kazoku. Established as a class at the beginning of the Meiji period, the kazoku ranked directly below the Emperor and his family. Officially dissolved in 1947, the group of social elites is still generally perceived as nobility. The author has used over 100 interviews with its members in order to create an intimate portrait of a remote and archaic world. As Lebra explores the culture of the kazoku, she places each subject in its historical context. She analyzes the evolution of status boundaries and the indispensable role played by outsiders. But this book is not simply about the elite. It is also about commoners and how each stratum mirrors the other. Revealing previously unobserved complexities in Japanese society, it also sheds light on the universal problem of social stratification.

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