English
 
Help Privacy Policy Disclaimer
  Advanced SearchBrowse

Item

ITEM ACTIONSEXPORT
  Useful Work: State Demands and Craftsmen's Social Mobility in Fifteenth-Century China

Schäfer, D. (2021). Useful Work: State Demands and Craftsmen's Social Mobility in Fifteenth-Century China. Technology and Culture, 62(2), 373-400. doi:10.1353/tech.2021.0060.

Item is

Basic

show hide
Genre: Journal Article

Files

show Files

Locators

show

Creators

show
hide
 Creators:
Schäfer, Dagmar1, Author              
Affiliations:
1Department Artifacts, Action, Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society, ou_2266697              

Content

show
hide
Free keywords: -
 Abstract: This article examines the relationship between practical expertise, political power, and social mobility in fifteenth-century China. Practices and concepts from that period have been reinterpreted in recent debates on Useful and Reliable Knowledge (URK), showing that elite intellectuals and politicians were concerned with the role of crafts and technology, that is, their usefulness for the imperial state. In this article I show how a rhetoric of useful work contributed to the disappearance of practitioners in state politics and their growing invisibility in historical records by the mid-Ming period.

Details

show
hide
Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-04-062021
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: -
 Publishing info: -
 Table of Contents: -
 Rev. Type: -
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1353/tech.2021.0060
 Degree: -

Event

show

Legal Case

show

Project information

show

Source 1

show
hide
Title: Technology and Culture
Source Genre: Journal
 Creator(s):
Schäfer, Dagmar, Editor
Valeriani, Simona, Editor
Affiliations:
-
Publ. Info: Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 62 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 373 - 400 Identifier: ISSN: 0040-165X