Departmental Bulletin Paper The study of ane-katoku

FUJITA, Michiyo  ,  道代, 藤田

3pp.061 - 072 , 2017-03-31 , 大手前大学国際教育インスティテュート
The traditional system of succession in Japanese society has long been that of primogeniture, the succession by the firstborm son of a family. Between the time after the Meiji civil code was implemented in 1898 and the period after World War II when the code was revised, this custom was widely institutionalized in Japanese society and internalized among the Japanese at large. However, I argue that until the beginnomg of the Meiji era, ordinary people maintained independently various cultures and customs of succession. My research demonstrates that such alternatives were rational system for ordinary people. "Ane-Katoku"(succession by the eldest sister of a family) is an example of such alternative cultures of succession. This custom was widely practiced from the Tohoku area to the northerm Kanto area. This paper repolts in research into the Ane-Katoku system while also examining the custom of Muko-yoshi, when a husband is adopted into a family.

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