Takie Lebra

Takie Lebra, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests
Current Research
Selected Publications
Courses Taught


Graduated with BA in political science from Gakushuin University, Tokyo (1954), and with Ph.D. in sociology from University of Pittsburgh (1967). My research has involved millennial cults, conversion and ethnopsychotherapy, patterns of behavior and communication, reciprocity, gender and womanhood, the hereditary elite. I have been a University of Hawaii employee throughout my postdoctoral career, with occasional appointments elsewhere as a visitor.

General Interests:

specializing in Japan; psychological anthropology; culture and social organization.

Current Research:

I am trying to formulate "the cultural construction of self and other in Japan," by reorganizing the literature and my own past work on the subject. The Western paradigm of subjectivity, which is a target of critical anthropology, is reconsidered, and an alternative is to be presented. Funded by a Guggenheim fellowship. Not entirely separate from this are two more topics: the Japanese royalty, and career women, the latter funded by Fulbright.

Selected Publications:

In Press. The Japanese Self in Cultural Logic. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1999. "Fractionated Motherhood: Gender and the Elite Status in Japan." In: Gender and Japanese History: The Self and Expression/Work and Life, ed. H.Wakita, A. Bouchy, and C. Ueno. Osaka: Osaka University Press.

1993 Above the Clouds: Status Culture of the Modern Japanese Nobility. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Paper edition, 1995. The Japanese translation, Kindai Nihon no joryu kaikyu, was published by Sekai shisosha (Kyoto, 2000). See http://www.sekaishisosha.co.jp [Japanese system fonts required]

1992 Editor, Japanese Social Organization. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1992 Gender and Culture in Japanese Political Economy: Self Portrayals of Prominent Business Women. In The Political Economy of Japan: Volume 3. Cultural and Social Dynamics, ed. Shumpei Kumon and Henry Rosovsky. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

1992 The Self in Japanese Culture. In Japanese Sense of Self, edited by Nancy Rosenberger. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 105-120.

1990 The Socialization of Aristocratic Children by Commoners: Recalled Experiences of the Hereditary Elite in Modern Japan. Cultural Anthropology 5:78-100.

1986/74 Coeditor, Japanese Culture and Behavior: Selected Readings, two editions. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1984 Japanese Women: Constraint and Fulfillment. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

1976 Japanese Patterns of Behavior. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Additional Publications

Courses Taught:

Japanese Culture and Behavior undergraduate course, fall semester concentrating on social organization, and spring semester on cultural psychology;
Anthropology of Japan, a graduate seminar combining a survey of general literature with varying foci by semesters, with the individual research interests of students;
Psychological Anthropology for both undergraduate and graduate to survey theories and empirical findings in the field;
Women and Culture, a graduate course on gender as both a theoretical and ethnographic subject, combining lectures with students' presentations.
Other research seminars: social system theory, social organization, acculturation, stratification.