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History of Material Culture in China I. Introduction to Course A. Syllabus B. Definitions
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B. Material Culture What is it? What does it include? What can we find out about it? How is it historical?
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Material Culture Objects play intimate part in daily life Context of objects changes Reconstructing material culture requires work & imagination: Draws on many disciplines Use sources like fiction, household inventories, Expresses identity Shapes & takes shape from lives of individual & group
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Varies according to Historical period Culture/ethnicity/belief systems Class/economy Education Gender
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Unformatted text preview: Age Fashion Things as Primary Sources Disadvantages: mute on their own Advantages: Balance & correct text sources Provide immediacy & concrete reality Daily life of people of all kinds Enables history of excluded groups Peasants, women, minorities Information on science, technology, fabrication Popular Culture Overlaps with Material Culture Definition from Chandra Mukerji and Michael Schudson, Rethinking Popular Culture , Berkeley: UC Press, 1991: Beliefs and practices and objects through which they are widely shared in a population. Very diverse: includes movies, manga, ceramics, fashion, food, sports, vernacular architecture....
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