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Craft Production and Social Change in Northern China

  • Couverture cartonnée
  • 364 Nombre de pages
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This book offers an anthropological analysis of how craft production changed in relation to the development of complex societies in northern China. It focuses on the production and use of food containers-pottery and bronze vessels-during the late prehistoric and early historic periods. A major theme is how production and use of prestige vessels changed in relation to increase in degree of social inequality. The research and writing of this book took place intermittently over a period of several years. When I first outlined the book in 1994, I planned to offer a more limited and descriptive account of social change during the late prehistoric period. In considering the human desire to display status with prestige goods, my initial approach emphasized how the case of northern China was similar to other areas of the world. I began to realize that in order to adequately explain how and why craft production changed in ancient China, it was crucial to consider the belief systems that motivated produc tion and use of food containers. Similarly, a striking characteristic of ancient China that I needed to include in the analysis was the preponderance of food containers, rather than other goods, that were buried with the deceased. I decided to investigate the social and ritual uses of food, bever ages, and containers during more than one period of Chinese history. Some strong patterns could have emerged during the late prehistoric period.

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The development of complex societies is a central subject in archaeological research. Using archaeological evidence from the Yellow (Huanghe) River valley in Northern China, this volume examines changes in the culture that occurred during the late Neolithic Period of China and speculates that this development connects to the emergence of civilized societies in this area. Several developments in the culture of the Huanghe Valley that suggest their contribution to the development of complex societies include: -Craft specialization; -Use of prestige goods such as jade, pottery, and bronze; -Display of status through both feasting and mortuary rituals. This work emphasizes the many different approaches that attempt to theorize the development of complex socieites, as well as outlines the approaches and methods used in this research. It will be of interest to archaeologists, cultural and historic anthropologists, ancien Asian historians and Asian preservationists.



Résumé
"Underhill's monograph is the first diachronic archaeological study of this region from the anthropological perspective. This work will be of interest to students in Chinese archaeology,m as well as to archaeologists studying the rise of social complexity in other parts of the world." (Journal of Anthrolopological Research, 59 (2003) "...in this book, Anne Underhill has undertaken a massive investigation of the textual and archaeological evidence for changes in craft production in relation to the development of complex society between 4000 and 1200 B.C. in northern China. Probably the most meticulously systematic argument in the Chinese archaeological literature, where a rich array of Chinese historical and archaeological as well as worldwide ethnographical data are marshaled in its support." (Gina L. Barnes, Asian Perspectives, 43:1)

Contenu

1. The Research Problem: Craft Production and the Development of Complex Societies in Ancient China. 2. Sources of Data on the Development of Complex Societies in the Yellow River Valley. 3. Food, Craft Specialization, and Social Inequality: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. 4. The Gift of Food in Ancient China: The Role of Food, Drink, and Containers in Social Relations. 5. The Dawenkou and Yangshao Period. 6. The Longshan Period. 7. The Early Bronze Age. 8. Craft Production and Social Change in Northern China. Index.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Craft Production and Social Change in Northern China
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Code EAN: 9781461351726
ISBN: 1461351723
Format: Couverture cartonnée
nombre de pages: 364
Poids: 550g
Taille: H235mm x B155mm x T19mm
Année: 2012
Auflage: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002

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