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The Potentials of Feicui : Indeterminacy and Determination in Human-Jade Interactions in South-West China

Møller, Henrik Kloppenborg LU (2017) In International Studies in Social History p.120-139
Abstract
Based on fieldwork among jade traders and carvers in Ruili, this chapter discusses the realization of economic and spiritual potentials of a type of jade called feicui翡翠 as determination of a partially indeterminate material. Some traders posit feicui as an empty container for economic value, while the material constitutes spiritual fullness especially for carvers. An opaque layer of surface skin constitutes feicui as partially indeterminate by hiding its content. This invites investments of labor, meaning, and value that necessitate intimate human interactions with feicui in determining and realizing its economic and spiritual potentials. Exploring how its material properties configure the determination of feicui, the chapter adds a... (More)
Based on fieldwork among jade traders and carvers in Ruili, this chapter discusses the realization of economic and spiritual potentials of a type of jade called feicui翡翠 as determination of a partially indeterminate material. Some traders posit feicui as an empty container for economic value, while the material constitutes spiritual fullness especially for carvers. An opaque layer of surface skin constitutes feicui as partially indeterminate by hiding its content. This invites investments of labor, meaning, and value that necessitate intimate human interactions with feicui in determining and realizing its economic and spiritual potentials. Exploring how its material properties configure the determination of feicui, the chapter adds a post-anthropocentric perspective to a structuralist analysis of human-jade interactions as mutually constitutive of both entities. (Less)
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jade, gemstones, Potentials, Indeterminacy, Determination, China Studies, Ruili, trade, carving
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International Studies in Social History
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Mikkel, Bunkenborg; Bregnbæk, Susanne ; and
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19 pages
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Berghan
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978-1-78533-580
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English
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  title        = {The Potentials of Feicui : Indeterminacy and Determination in Human-Jade Interactions in South-West China},
  year         = {2017},
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