Making Tea, Making Japan Cultural Nationalism in Practice

ISBN-10: 0804778671

ISBN-13: 9780804778671

Edition: 2013

Authors: Kristin Surak

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The tea ceremony persists as one of the most evocative symbols of Japan. Originally a pastime of elite warriors in premodern society, it was later recast as an emblem of the modern Japanese state, only to be transformed again into its current incarnation, largely the hobby of middle-class housewives. How does the cultural practice of a few come to represent a nation as a whole?Although few non-Japanese scholars have peered behind the walls of a tea room, sociologist Kristin Surak came to know the inner workings of the tea world over the course of ten years of tea training. Here she offers the first comprehensive analysis of the practice that includes new material on its historical changes, a detailed excavation of its institutional organization, and a careful examination of what she terms "nation-work"—the labor that connects the national meanings of a cultural practice and the actual experience and enactment of it. She concludes by placing tea ceremony in comparative perspective, drawing on other expressions of nation-work, such as gymnastics and music, in Europe and Asia.Taking readers on a rare journey into the elusive world of tea ceremony, Surak offers an insightful account of the fundamental processes of modernity—the work of making nations.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction: Nation-Work
Preparing Tea: Spaces, Objects, Performances
Creating Tea: The National Transformation of a Cultural Practice
Selling Tea: An Anatomy of the Iemoto System
Enacting Tea: Doing and Demonstrating Japaneseness
Beyond the Tea Room: Toward a Praxeology of Cultural Nationalism
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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