Craft Production and Social Change in Northern China

Craft Production and Social Change in Northern China

by Anne P. Underhill
     
 
Focusing on the late prehistoric and early historic periods, Underhill (The Field Museum, Chicago) offers an anthropological analysis of how craft production changed in relation to the development of complex societies in northern China. She emphasizes how the production and use of prestige food-container vessels changed in relation to the increase in the degree of

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Focusing on the late prehistoric and early historic periods, Underhill (The Field Museum, Chicago) offers an anthropological analysis of how craft production changed in relation to the development of complex societies in northern China. She emphasizes how the production and use of prestige food-container vessels changed in relation to the increase in the degree of social inequality. Once she began, she realized that in order to make sense of her findings, she had to consider the social and ritual uses of food, beverages, and containers in several periods of Chinese history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

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"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461351726
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Series:
Fundamental Issues in Archaeology Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2002
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

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