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Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076006
eISBN:
9780520911796
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076006.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This book provides an 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. ... More


Ancestors: Constructing Inherited Charisma

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

in Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076006
eISBN:
9780520911796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076006.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Members of the hereditary elite, by definition, owe their status to their ancestors. Kazoku life histories are indeed shaped by the weight of ancestors, which is still felt in one way or another. It ... More


Successors: Immortalizing the Ancestors

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

in Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076006
eISBN:
9780520911796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076006.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter looks at kazoku families in terms of succession: what is involved, who the successors—or descendants—were, how they related to the predecessors, and what contemporary successors did and ... More


Socialization: Acquisition and Transmission of Status Culture

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

in Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076006
eISBN:
9780520911796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076006.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The kazoku status, to be hereditary, had to have its culture carried on by successive generations. Chapters 3–6 conveyed what that status culture was like; this chapter considers how it was acquired ... More


Status Careers: Privilege and Liability

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

in Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076006
eISBN:
9780520911796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076006.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the adult careers of kazoku children, and, in so doing, becomes more in touch with the public realm, which so far has been treated largely as the ground for private, domestic ... More


Conclusion

Takie Sugiyama Lebra

in Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076006
eISBN:
9780520911796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076006.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This concluding chapter attempts to pull together salient features of the hereditary status and hierarchy that have appeared and reappeared across the preceding chapters. The introduction provided a ... More


Introduction: Melodrama and the Family in Meiji Japan

in An Age of Melodrama: Family, Gender, and Social Hierarchy in the Turn-of-the-Century Japanese Novel

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804757775
eISBN:
9780804779623
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804757775.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This introductory chapter discusses the depiction of family in Japanese melodramatic fiction of the Meiji era. This volume examines four novels initially serialized in daily newspapers at a time of ... More


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