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Asian material culture


Hulsbosch, Marianne; Bedford, Elizabeth; Chaiklin, Martha (ed.)

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Abstract This exciting, richly illustrated volume gives the reader a unique insight into the materiality of Asian cultures and the ways in which objects and practices can simultaneously embody and exhibit aesthetic and functional characteristics, everyday and spiritual aspirations. Material culture is examined from a variety of perspectives and the authors rigorously investigate the creation and meaning of material object, and their associated practices within the context of time and place. All chapters in this volume are representative, rather than exhaustive, in their portrayal of Asian material culture. Nevertheless, they clearly demonstrate that the objects, seen as material evidence of culture, are entities that resonate with discourses of human relationships, personal and group identity formation, ethics and values, histories, determination of ethnicity, local and international trade, consumption and above all distinctive futures. 1 Asian Material Culture in Context / Marianne Hulsbosch, Elizabeth Bedford & Martha Chaiklin 2 Moon Cakes and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival: A Matter of Habitus / Elizabeth Bedford 3 Up in the Hair: Strands of Meaning in Women’s Ornamental Hair Accessories in Early Modern Japan / Martha Chaiklin 4 Nonya Beadwork and Contemporary Peranakan Chinese Culture in Singapore and Malaysia / Hwei-Fe'n Cheah 5 Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: The Lion Dance and Chinese National Identity in the 19th and 20th Centuries / Heleanor B. Feltham 6 Works Like a Charm: Cultural Tourism, Colour and its Efficacy in Chinese Miao Traditional Dress / Samantha Hauw 7 Fluttering Like Flowers in a Summer Breeze: Hair Jewellery of Christian Moluccan Women of the Dutch East Indies / Marianne Hulsbosch 8 Tension on the Back-Strap Loom / Audrey Low

Deze geC/llustreerde uitgave geeft de lezer een uniek inzicht in de betekenis van Aziatische materiC+le culturen en de manier waarop voorwerpen en gebruiken individuele en collectieve identiteiten, esthetische en functionele kenmerken, menselijke en geestelijke aspiraties aanduiden. Zeven internationaal befaamde auteurs laten met hun onderzoek de unieke aspecten van de Aziatische materiC+le cultuur zien; deze worden vanuit verscheidene perspectieven belicht. Elk hoofdstuk geeft een introductie op het ontstaan, de betekenis en de bijbehorende gebruiken van specifieke materiC+le voorwerpen. De onderzochte objecten variC+ren van populaire Maankoekjes uit China, haarornamenten uit Japan, textiel uit het zuiden van China en MaleisiC+ tot de rijkelijk geborduurde pantoffeltjes van de Paranakan vrouwen uit Zuidoost-AziC+. Dit boek is onmisbaar voor iedereen die geC/nteresseerd is in Aziatische kunst en design, culturele studies, archeologie en sociale studies.
Keywords anthropology; cultural sociology; social reality; materialism; culture; symbol; interpretation; reification; society; Asia; perception; aesthetics
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 232 p.
Series ICAS Publications Series, 4
ISBN 978-90-8964-090-1
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works