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PART ONE. FAMILY, WORK, AND THE DIVISION OF LABOR IN NISHIJIN: A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS I 1. From Amoskeag to Nishijin 3 2. A World within a World 25 3. Family Business, Cottage Industry 5I 4. Family Work in Household Production 69 5. The Mentality and Identity of the Nishijin Craftspeople 85 PART TWO. THE NISHIJIN PEOPLE'S OWN STORIES 105 Mr. Yamaguchi: Manufacturer and Creator of The Tale of Genji on Handwoven Scrolls I07 Mrs. Shibagaki: Artistic Handloom Weaver I21 Mrs. Fuwa: Artistic Handloom Weaver 129 Mrs. Fujiwara, Mr. Fujiwara, and Mr. Nishitani: Handloom Weavers 136 Mr. and Mrs. Konishi: Handloom Weavers 176 Mr. and Mrs. Shibagaki: Two Generations of Handloom Weavers 219 Mr. and Mrs. Sakurai: Handloom Weavers 239 Mrs. Yasuda: Manufacturer's Widow and Manufacturer's Mother. Mr. Yasuda: Manufacturer, Manufacturer's Son, and Manufacturer's Father 250 Mrs. Maizuru Michiko: Manufacturer's Daughter, Manufacturer's Widow, Manufacturer's Mother 264 Mr. Hiraoka: Production Manager at the Nishijin Maizuru Textile Company 273 Mr. Koyama: Weavers' Assistant in a Factory 277 Mr. Aioi: Warper 281 Mrs. Uebayashi: Cottage Weaver on the Tango Peninsula on the Japan Sea 286 Mr. and Mrs. Nagahama: Cottage Weavers of Wedding Kimono on the Tango Peninsula 295 Conclusion: The Nishijin Experience in Comparative Perspective 303 Appendix:-The Subjective Reconstruction of Life History 313