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Trois regards sur la notion de « culture chinoise »

Basile Zimmermann
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Published Online: 2018-02-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/asia-2017-0080


Chinese studies are going through a period of reforms. This article appraises what could constitute the theoretical and methodological foundations of contemporary sinology today. The author suggests an approach of “Chinese culture” by drawing from recent frameworks of Science and Technology Studies (STS). The paper starts with current debates in Asian studies, followed by a historical overview of the concept of culture in anthropology. Then, two short case studies are presented with regard to two different STS approaches: studies of expertise and experience and the notion of interactional expertise, and the framework of waves and forms. A general argument is thereby sketched which suggests how “Chinese culture” can be understood from the perspective of materiality.

Keywords: culture; materiality; interactional expertise; imitation game; waves and forms


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Published Online: 2018-02-28

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Citation Information: Asiatische Studien - Études Asiatiques, Volume 72, Issue 1, Pages 87–116, ISSN (Online) 2235-5871, ISSN (Print) 0004-4717, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/asia-2017-0080.

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