Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

This most modern paintings from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the 1st ethnographic examine of the fashionable jap aristocracy. confirmed as a category first and foremost of the Meiji interval, the kazoku ranked without delay under the emperor and his relatives. formally dissolved in 1947, this crew of social elites remains to be in most cases perceived as the Aristocracy. Lebra received access into this tightly knit circle and performed 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 each one topic in its historic context. She analyzes the evolution of prestige obstacles and the essential function performed via outsiders.

But this publication isn't easily in regards to 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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