Conclusion: <i>The Nishijin Experience in Comparative Perspective</i>

Tamara K. Hareven

in The Silk Weavers of Kyoto

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228177
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935761 | DOI:
Conclusion: The Nishijin Experience in Comparative Perspective

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This chapter considers the comparative strands between the Nishijin experience and that of the West. The questions addressed in this study are central to an understanding of the relationship between individuals and the process of social change in various parts of the world, past and present. An important contrast between Nishijin and England concerns the introduction of the powerloom. Nishijin weavers became frustrated when legislation or pressure from neighbors intruded upon their privilege of determining their own time schedules and control over the rhythms of work and leisure. Gender role division and segregation are far more powerful in Japan than in the United States. The Japanese quest for harmony requires that conflicts be suppressed and that individuals sacrifice their preferences and priorities to the common good and to the continuity and success of the house, the lineage, and the community.

Keywords: Nishijin; community; social change; powerloom; legislation; gender role; harmony

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Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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