Full Text

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


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

Log In

You are not currently logged-in to Blackwell Reference Online

If your institution has a subscription, you can log in here:


     Forgotten your password?

Find out how to subscribe.

Your library does not have access to this title. Please contact your librarian to arrange access.

[ access key 0 : accessibility information including access key list ] [ access key 1 : home page ] [ access key 2 : skip navigation ] [ access key 6 : help ] [ access key 9 : contact us ] [ access key 0 : accessibility statement ]

Blackwell Publishing Home Page

Blackwell Reference Online ® is a Blackwell Publishing Inc. registered trademark
Technology partner: Semantico Ltd.

Blackwell Publishing and its licensors hold the copyright in all material held in Blackwell Reference Online. No material may be resold or published elsewhere without Blackwell Publishing's written consent, save as authorised by a licence with Blackwell Publishing or to the extent required by the applicable law.

Back to Top