Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture

Bonds of Civility: Aesthetic Networks and the Political Origins of Japanese Culture

by Eiko Ikegami
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521809428

ISBN-13: 9780521809429

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, Eiko Ikegami uncovers a complex history of social life in which aesthetic images become central to Japan's cultural identities. Combining sociological insights on organizations with prodigious scholarship on cultural history, this book explores such wide-ranging topics as the central role of networks in performing arts, tea ceremony and haiku, the…  See more details below

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In this book, Eiko Ikegami uncovers a complex history of social life in which aesthetic images become central to Japan's cultural identities. Combining sociological insights on organizations with prodigious scholarship on cultural history, this book explores such wide-ranging topics as the central role of networks in performing arts, tea ceremony and haiku, the politics of kimono aesthetics, the rise of commercial publishing, the popularization of etiquette and manners, the vogue of androgyny in kabuki performance, and the rise of tacit modes of communication.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521809429
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences Series, #26
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : aesthetic Japan and the Tokugawa network revolution3
1Civility without civil society : a comparative overview19
2Culture and identity as emergent properties in networks44
3The medieval origin of aesthetic publics : linked poetry and the ritual logic of freedom76
4The late medieval transformation of Za arts in struggles between vertical and horizontal alliances102
5Tokugawa sate formation and the transformation of aesthetic publics127
6The rise of aesthetic civility140
7The Haikai, network poetry : the politics of border crossing and subversion171
8Poetry and protest : the rise of social power204
9Tacit modes of communication and Japanese national identity221
10Categorical protest from the floating world : fashion, state, and gender245
11The information revolution : Japanese commercial publishing and styles of proto-modernity286
12Hierarchial civility and beauty : etiquette and manners in Tokugawa manuals324
13The rise of aesthetic Japan363
Epilogue : toward a pluralistic view of communication styles380

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