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Kurauchi, Kazuta (1896–1988)

Kenji Kosaka


Subject Sociology » Sociology of Culture and Media, Sociology of Education

Place Eastern Asia » Japan

Period 1000 - 1999 » 1900-1999

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405124331.2007.x


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Kazuta Kurauchi was born in Okayama Prefecture in Japan. His father was the head teacher of Chinese classics at Kojokan, which was a local private school specializing in Chinese literature studies. From his early days, Kurauchi was greatly influenced by both Keiken Sakata, the famous scholar who owned and managed the school he attended, and his father. Kurauchi graduated from the Faculty of Letters at the then Tokyo Imperial University – now Tokyo University – where he studied sociology under Tongo Takebe, who was a follower and proponent of Comtean sociology. As sociology was not yet a well-developed academic discipline in Japan, Kurauchi also studied history, literature, and philosophy, all of which combined to give a much broader perspective to his sociological work. Thus, although a sociologist, he was also well versed in classical Chinese and western (particularly German and French, but also English and Italian) and Japanese literature studies, both classical and contemporary. This wide intellectual background informed his sociological studies, and distinguished him from other Japanese sociologists, both those who were his contemporaries and those who came after him. After graduation, Kurauchi was employed by the Ministry of Education to research educational matters in Japan, but continued his sociological studies with colleagues at the Tokyo Society of Sociological Study. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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