Skip to content

Online ordering will be unavailable on Saturday 10 December 2022, 0800-1800 GMT.

To place an order, please contact Customer Services.

UK/ROW +44 (0) 1223 326050 | US 1 800 872 7423 or 1 212 337 5000 | Australia/New Zealand 61 3 86711400 or 1800 005 210, New Zealand 0800 023 520

Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Bonds of Civility

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


Part of Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: May 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521601153


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • In this book, Eiko Ikegami uncovers a complex history of social life in which aesthetic images became central to Japan's cultural identities. The people of premodern Japan built on earlier aesthetic traditions in part for their own sake, but also to find space for self-expression in the increasingly rigid and tightly controlled Tokugawa political system. In so doing, they incorporated the world of the beautiful within their social life which led to new modes of civility. They explored horizontal and voluntary ways of associating while immersing themselves in aesthetic group activities. Combining sociological insights in organizations with prodigious scholarship on cultural history, this book explores such wide-ranging topics as networks of performing arts, tea ceremony and haiku, the politics of kimono aesthetics, the rise of commercial publishing, the popularization of etiquette and manners, the vogue for androgyny in kabuki performance, and the rise of tacit modes of communication.

    • Explores wide-ranging topics, from the networks of performing arts to the popularization of etiquette and manners
    • Combines sociological insights in organizations with prodigious scholarship on cultural history
    • Uncovers a complex history of social life
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521601153
    • length: 480 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 168 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. A Social Theory of State, Civility and Publics: Introduction: aesthetic Japan and the Tokugawa Network Revolution
    1. Civility without civil society: a comparative overview
    2. Culture and identity as emergent properties in networks: a theoretical overview
    Part II. The Transformation of Associational and the Rise of Aesthetic Publics:
    3. The medieval origin of aesthetic publics: linked poetry and the ritual logic of freedom
    4. The Late Medieval transformation of Za arts in struggles between vertical and horizontal alliances
    5. Tokugawa state formation and the transformation of aesthetic publics
    6. The rise of aesthetic civility
    7. The Haikai, network poetry: the politics of border crossing and subversion
    8. Poetry and protest: the rise of social power
    9. Tacit modes of communication and their contribution to Japanese national identities
    Part III. Market, State, and Categorical Politics:
    10. Categorical protest from the floating world: fashion, state and gender
    11. The information revolution: Japanese commercial publishing and styles of proto-modernity
    12. Hierarchical civility and beauty: etiquette and manners in Tokugawa manuals
    Part IV. Concluding Reflections:
    13. The rise of aesthetic Japan
    Epilogue: toward a pluralistic view of communication styles
    List of illustrations.

  • Resources for

    Bonds of Civility

    Eiko Ikegami

    General Resources

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    This title is supported by one or more locked resources. Access to locked resources is granted exclusively by Cambridge University Press to lecturers whose faculty status has been verified. To gain access to locked resources, lecturers should sign in to or register for a Cambridge user account.

    Please use locked resources responsibly and exercise your professional discretion when choosing how you share these materials with your students. Other lecturers may wish to use locked resources for assessment purposes and their usefulness is undermined when the source files (for example, solution manuals or test banks) are shared online or via social networks.

    Supplementary resources are subject to copyright. Lecturers are permitted to view, print or download these resources for use in their teaching, but may not change them or use them for commercial gain.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please contact

  • Author

    Eiko Ikegami, New School University, New York
    Eiko Ikegami was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. After receiving a university education in Japanese classical literature in Japan, she became a business journalist in Tokyo at the Nikkei, the Japan Economic Journal. In 1983, on a Fulbright program, she came to the United States for her graduate studies in sociology, at Harvard University, where she received her PhD in 1989. She held a number of fellowships and grants including Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2002, she was elected as Chair of the Section of Comparative and Historical Sociology at the American Sociological Association. She is the author of Taming of the Samurai.

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.