Crested Kimono: Power and Love in the Japanese Business Family

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9780801423338: Crested Kimono: Power and Love in the Japanese Business Family

Examines influential Japanese business families, describing the social and emotional lives of all members of the Japanese household and the conflict of tradition with the need for power, love, wealth, and emotional expression.

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This book is concerned with the lives of people known to be wealthy individuals whose families are engaged in private enterprise on regional, national, and international scales of operation. It documents the interplay of marital and filial relations in the attainment of power and the transmission of resources in a world in which families are also businesses.

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From a distance, the traditional, hierarchical Japanese household, or ie , "seems populated with automatons" obediently discharging their duties. But up close, it is a tumult of love, anger, envy and nurturing care, an institution that weds the instinctive to societal demands. Sociologist Hamabata, dean of Haverford College and a third-generation Japanese-American, presents a nuanced, enlightening study of four wealthy households in Japan. His fieldwork reveals how the ie provides a framework for coping with day-to-day dilemmas, with death and the ghosts of the departed and with intense family conflicts. Two such clashes involve a young woman locked in a loveless marriage, futilely seeking oneness with her husband, and a grandfather whose refusal to cede the reins of succession to the next generation triggers a dramatic business and family dispute. Also glimpsed is the arranged marriage, a ritual of negotiation that may include inspection of family records to ensure that the prospective partner does "not come from a genetically impaired line."
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