Study on the Professional Identity of Japanese Traditional Craftspeople: Through Interviews with Maki-e Craftspeople

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This study focused on the formation process of the professional identity of Maki-e craftspeople, which is one of the Japanese traditional crafts. This study aimed to clarify the professional identity of Maki-e craftspeople by comparing skilled craftspeople and young craftspeople. The participants were four Maki-e craftspeople held in different positions, and semi-structured interviews about the professional identity were conducted. As a result, the three unchangeable aspects of the professional identity of Maki-e craftspeople were shown through this research. Furthermore, the two professional identities of Maki-e craftspeople over the course of the social changes were shown. The knowledge gained from this study is important to achieve greater understanding of career formation in highly specialized occupation.

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Narita, C. , Shimode, Y. , Yamada, K. and Kida, N. (2015) Study on the Professional Identity of Japanese Traditional Craftspeople: Through Interviews with Maki-e Craftspeople. Advances in Anthropology, 5, 282-293. doi: 10.4236/aa.2015.54022.


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