AA  Vol.5 No.4 , November 2015
Study on the Professional Identity of Japanese Traditional Craftspeople: Through Interviews with Maki-e Craftspeople
Abstract: 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.
Cite this paper: 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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