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By Takie Sugiyama Lebra

This most up-to-date paintings from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the 1st ethnographic learn of the fashionable eastern aristocracy. demonstrated as a category firstly of the Meiji interval, the kazoku ranked at once lower than the emperor and his kin. formally dissolved in 1947, this workforce of social elites continues to be ordinarily perceived as the Aristocracy. Lebra won access into this tightly knit circle and carried out a couple of hundred interviews with its participants. 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 areas every one topic in its old context. She analyzes the evolution of prestige obstacles and the fundamental position performed by way of outsiders.

But this booklet isn't really easily concerning the elite. it's also approximately commoners and the way each 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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