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作者 Lean, Eugenia, 1968- author
書名 Vernacular industrialism in China : local innovation and translated technologies in the making of a cosmetics empire, 1900-1940 / Eugenia Lean
出版項 New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]
©2020
國際標準書號 9780231193481 (hbk.)
0231193483
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 近史所郭廷以圖書館  338.766855 L437    在架上    30550100672045
 傅斯年圖書館西文圖書區  HD9970.5.C673 C539 2020    在架上    30530001353606
說明 xi, 396 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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系列 Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-367) and index
Utility of the useless -- One part cow fat, two parts soda : recipes for the inner chambers, 1914-1915 -- An enterprise of common knowledge : fire extinguishers, 1916-1935 -- Chinese cuttlefish and global circuits : the association of household industries -- What's in a name? From studio appellation to commercial trademark -- Compiling the industrial modern, 1930-1941 -- Conclusion
"In early twentieth-century China, Chen Diexian (1879-1940) was a maverick entrepreneur-at once a prolific man of letters and captain of industry, a magazine editor and cosmetics magnate. He tinkered with chemistry in his private studio, used local cuttlefish to source magnesium carbonate, and published manufacturing tips in how-to columns. In a rapidly changing society, Chen copied foreign technologies and translated manufacturing processes from abroad to produce adaptations of global commodities that outcompeted foreign brands. Engaging in the worlds of journalism, industry, and commerce, he drew on literati practices associated with late-imperial elites, but deployed them in novel ways within a culture of educated tinkering that generated industrial innovation. Through the lens of Chen's career, Eugenia Lean explores how unlikely individuals devised unconventional, homegrown approaches to industry and science in early twentieth-century China. She contends that Chen's activities exemplify "vernacular industrialism," the pursuit of industry and science outside of conventional venues, often involving ad hoc forms of knowledge and material work. Lean shows how vernacular industrialists accessed worldwide circuits of law and science and experimented with local and global processes of manufacturing to navigate, innovate, and compete in global capitalism. In doing so, they presaged the approach that has helped fuel China's economic ascent in the twenty-first century. Moving away from conventional narratives that depict China as belatedly borrowing from Western technology, Vernacular Industrialism in China offers a new understanding of industrialization, going beyond material factors to show the central role of culture and knowledge production in technological and industrial change"-- Provided by publisher
主題 Tianxuwosheng
Industrialists -- China -- Biography
Cosmetics industry -- Technological innovations -- China -- History -- 20th century
Industrialization -- China -- History -- 20th century
Technology transfer -- China -- History -- 20th century
Technological innovations -- China -- History -- 20th century
East and West
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