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- DescriptionIn this pioneering study, David L. Howell looks beneath the surface structures of the Japanese state to reveal the mechanism by which markers of polity, status, and civilization came together over the divide of the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Howell illustrates how a short roster of malleable, explicitly superficial customs - hairstyle, clothing, and personal names - served to distinguish the civilized realm of the Japanese from the barbarian realm of the Ainu in the Tokugawa era. Within the core polity, moreover, these same customs distinguished members of different social status groups from one ather, such as samurai warriors from commoners, and commoners from outcasts.
- Author BiographyDavid L. Howell is Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University. He is the author of Capitalism from Within: Economy, Society, and the State in a Japanese Fishery (California, 1995).
- Author(s)David L. Howell
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication07/02/2005
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
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- Weight463 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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