Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China

3.67 avg rating
( 21 ratings by Goodreads )
)  
9780824828202: Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

This outstanding and original book, presented here with a new preface, examines the history of material culture in early modern China. Craig Clunas analyzes ""superfluous things"" - the paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics, carved jade, and other objects owned by the elites of Ming China - and describes contemporary attitudes to them. He informs his discussions with reference to both socio-cultural theory and current debates on eighteenth-century England concerning luxury, conspicuous consumption, and the growth of the consumer society.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Bold and insightful.... Clunas establishes the importance of material consumption as an index of much larger historical processes. Students of early modern Europe as well as China will find [his] arguments both pertinent and compelling.-- "American Historical Review"

The sense of completeness that characterizes Clunas' writing has something to do with the self-assured patter of his prose, with its intense and unwavering focus on the subject before him. But it has more to do with his reach, his willingness to cross the disciplinary boundaries of his field.... An eye-opening pleasure to read.-- "Ming Studies"

One of those rare books whose every chapter makes you think, often about features of Chinese society that we have too long taken for granted.... Inspiring, even entertaining.-- "Journal of Asian Studies"

About the Author:

Craig Clunas is Percival David Chair of Chinese Art at SOAS, London, and the author of Superfluous Things, Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China, Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China, and Art in China.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780824859015: Superfluous Things

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0824859014 ISBN 13:  9780824859015
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, 2004
Hardcover

9780745608754: Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China

Polity..., 1991
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Clunas, Craig
Published by University of Hawaii Press (2004)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description University of Hawaii Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0824828208_abe_bn

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
24.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Clunas, Craig
Published by University of Hawaii Press 5/31/2004 (2004)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description University of Hawaii Press 5/31/2004, 2004. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780824828202

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
24.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Craig Clunas
Published by University of Hawai'i Press, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of Hawai'i Press, United States, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This outstanding and original book, presented here with a new preface, examines the history of material culture in early modern China. Craig Clunas analyzes "superfluous things" - the paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics, carved jade, and other objects owned by the elites of Ming China - and describes contemporary attitudes to them. He informs his discussions with reference to both socio-cultural theory and current debates on eighteenth-century England concerning luxury, conspicuous consumption, and the growth of the consumer society. Seller Inventory # TNP9780824828202

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
24.85
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Craig Clunas
Published by University of Hawai'i Press (2004)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)

Book Description University of Hawai'i Press, 2004. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780824828202

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
26.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Craig Clunas
Published by Univ of Hawaii Pr (2004)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Univ of Hawaii Pr, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0824828208

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
25.31
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.59
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Craig Clunas
Published by University of Hawai'i Press, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of Hawai'i Press, United States, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This outstanding and original book, presented here with a new preface, examines the history of material culture in early modern China. Craig Clunas analyzes "superfluous things" - the paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics, carved jade, and other objects owned by the elites of Ming China - and describes contemporary attitudes to them. He informs his discussions with reference to both socio-cultural theory and current debates on eighteenth-century England concerning luxury, conspicuous consumption, and the growth of the consumer society. Seller Inventory # AAV9780824828202

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
26.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Clunas, Craig
Published by University of Hawaii Press (2004)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)

Book Description University of Hawaii Press, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0824828208

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
25.72
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 12.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Craig Clunas
Published by University of Hawai'i Press (2004)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of Hawai'i Press, 2004. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780824828202

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
22.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 15
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Craig Clunas
Published by - -
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Quantity Available: 20
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)

Book Description - -. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 6666-ING-9780824828202

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
24.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 14.35
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Clunas, Craig
Published by University of Hawaii Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0824828208 ISBN 13: 9780824828202
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)

Book Description University of Hawaii Press, 2017. Paperback. Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2017; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Seller Inventory # ria9780824828202_lsuk

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
32.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book