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Author Lebra, Takie Sugiyama, 1930-

Title Above the clouds : status culture of the modern Japanese nobility / Takie Sugiyama Lebra
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1993]


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 MELB  306.40952 Leb/Atc  AVAILABLE
Description xvii, 430 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Studying the aristocracy : why, what, and how? -- Creating the modern nobility : the historical legacy -- Ancestors : constructing inherited charisma -- Successors : immortalizing the ancestors -- Life-style : markers of status and hierarchy -- Marriage : realignment of women and men -- Socialization : acquisition and transmission of status culture -- Status careers : privilege and liability -- Conclusion -- Epilogue : the end of Shōwa
Summary This latest work from Japanese-born anthropologist Takie Sugiyama Lebra is the first ethnographic study of the modern Japanese aristocracy. 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, this group of social elites is still generally perceived as nobility. Lebra gained entry into this tightly knit circle and conducted more than one hundred interviews with its members
Analysis Elites
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 395-407) and index
Subject Nobility -- Japan.
Japan -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
LC no. 91028488
ISBN 0520076001 (alk. paper)