TCJS Online Seminar | Early-Career Scholar Forum

November 27, 2023


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) December 8, 2023 12:15 — 13:00
Location Online
Capacity 100 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required (Please register from this link)
Registration Period November 27, 2023 — December 8, 2023

Early-Career Scholar Forum

The Marriage of Politics and Economy: Elite Fusion in the Age of Modernization

Tomoko Matsumoto (Associate professor at Tokyo University of Science)

Sawako Shirahase (Director of TCJS)

What impact did modernization have on elite society? Previous research indicates that many feudal elites from pre-modern societies managed to maintain their status within elite circles even amidst the process of modernization. However, the mechanisms through which these feudal elites sustained their position in elite society, as well as the integration of newly emerged business elites into this framework, has not been fully explored. This study aims to address these inquiries by examining the network structures established by elites through kinship and marriage. By constructing new data on the kinship and marriage relationships among feudal political elites and new business elites in early 20th century Japan, a pivotal period for its modernization, this study seeks to shed light on the origins and transformations of the ties between feudal elites and business elites throughout the modernization process.

<About the speaker>
Tomoko Matsumoto (Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, 2016) is an associate professor at Tokyo University of Science. Her research revolves around public opinion, representation, and economic inequality. Her work has appeared in journals such as British Journal of Sociology, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Economy, and Japanese Journal of Political Science.

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