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By Takie Sugiyama Lebra

This most recent paintings from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the 1st ethnographic learn of the fashionable eastern aristocracy. confirmed as a category at first of the Meiji interval, the kazoku ranked at once lower than the emperor and his relations. formally dissolved in 1947, this crew of social elites remains to be quite often perceived as the Aristocracy. Lebra received access into this tightly knit circle and carried out multiple hundred interviews with its contributors. 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 each one topic in its old context. She analyzes the evolution of prestige obstacles and the fundamental position performed via outsiders.

But this ebook 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 jap society, it additionally sheds mild at the common challenge of social stratification.

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