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Title: Genealogy and Marginal Status in Early Modern Japan: The Case of Danzaemon
Authors: Amos, T. 
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Citation: Amos, T. (2013-09). Genealogy and Marginal Status in Early Modern Japan: The Case of Danzaemon. Japanese Studies 33 (2) : 147-159. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper examines the way the outcaste head Danzaemon, or more precisely several individuals who successively bore that title, negotiated their place in the eighteenth-century Edo status order through official genealogical pronouncements. Eta and hinin groups became closely linked together in the political imaginary in Edo from around the beginning of the eighteenth century in an extraordinary legal battle that emerged between the leaders of these groups. The head of the former group, Danzaemon Chikamura, achieved a qualified victory in this struggle through genealogical posturing, positioning himself at the apex of an increasingly well-defined Edo outcaste order. By the second half of the eighteenth century, the privileged place within the order held by the next Danzaemon came under renewed pressure from a new generation of hinin. As a result, Danzaemon Chikasono made an attempt to rearticulate the grounds for his status through a different kind of genealogical statement. This article, using the official correspondence between Danzaemon and the Edo City Magistrate, examines the distinctive features of the genealogical imaginations of these two outcaste leaders in order to reveal the ways they negotiated their place within the Edo outcaste order. © 2013 Copyright Japanese Studies Association of Australia.
Source Title: Japanese Studies
ISSN: 10371397
DOI: 10.1080/10371397.2013.816239
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