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Understanding the reconstruction of traditional porcelain culture in Urban China- Based on modern porcelain industry in Jingdezhen
Liu, Yang ; Hroníková, Linda (advisor) ; Olivová, Lucie (referee) ; Hudeček, Jiří (referee)
My dissertation examines the interaction between transformation, development of traditional culture and modern one under the background of China's rapid modernization. Its focus is on the porcelain craftsmanship culture from the famous "porcelain capital", Jingdezhen. Although the relationship between the traditional and the modern has always been widely concerned and discussed in academia, especially in sociology and anthropology. Yet, it should be noted that in existing literature we rarely investigate the reconstruction and re-creation of traditional craftsmanship culture that has been taken for granted in former socialist countries where the spread of modernization into social development came much later than its Western counterparts. This research begins to fill the gap by extending an art anthropological and contextualized perspective on what endows the traditional craftsmanship culture with a multitude of modern values in Jingdezhen, and with what structural driving forces. It showcases that what endows the traditional porcelain industry in Jingdezhen with numerous modern characteristics are the adaptation of individualized traditional craftsmanship to modern technological society; the happy marriage of humanizing traditional craftsmanship with mass tourism, and a successful cross-border...

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