Customizing Daily Life: Representing and Reforming Customs in Nineteenth-century Japan

Customizing Daily Life: Representing and Reforming Customs in Nineteenth-century Japan

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Hardcover, Harvard Univ Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780674073364, ISBN10 0674073363
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"Customizing Daily Life illuminates the intricate relations between the transformations in daily life across nineteenth-century Japan and their conceptualization in contending discourses"--Provided by publisher.

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"Customizing Daily Life illuminates the intricate relations between the transformations in daily life across nineteenth-century Japan and their conceptualization in contending discourses"--Provided by publisher.

Throughout the Tokugawa era (1600 1868), the term "f zoku" variously translated as customs, morals, and daily life assumed an increasingly prominent place in legal and popular discourse. Samurai officials and social critics attempted to mold the "f zoku" of both samurai and the populace, while travelogues and fashion guides evaluated the realm s dizzying array of customs. By 1800, these discourses had rendered "f zoku" a fundamental mode of mapping the nation as a coherent cultural entity.

As Japan recast itself as a modern nation-state after 1868, "f zoku" became an arena of intense struggle among government officials, journalists, historians, and civic activists, all of whom claimed special knowledge of customs and the moral authority to define, preserve, or improve them. Increasingly, everyday practices came to function as reflections of the state of the social order, markers of Japaneseness, or measures of Japan s progress toward civilization. In the course of these contests, "f zoku" became a primary means of apprehending national life that mediated Japan s induction into the imperialist world order and endures in Japanese political and popular culture to this day. "Customizing Daily Life" illuminates the intricate relations between the transformations in daily life across the nineteenth century and their conceptualization in contending discourses.

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Number of Pages: 303
Original Languages: English
Author: O'brien, Suzanne G.
Series Title: Harvard East Asian Monographs
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
ISBN-13: 9780674073364
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.00 x 9.00 x 8.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 0674073363
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