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Some qualitative mathematics in China

Stafford, Charles (2010) Some qualitative mathematics in China. Anthropological Theory, 10 (1-2). pp. 81-86. ISSN 1463-4996

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In this article, inspired by Lévi-Strauss’s comments on ‘qualitative mathematics’, I outline some features of Chinese cultural practices related to number and quantification. More specifically, I note that Chinese numerological practices are embedded in a more generally ‘structuralist’ and mathematical way of conceiving experience; that taken together they comprise a loose, and even ‘creative’ (rather than precise/rationalistic) type of life-accounting; and that number use in China is often emotionally loaded.

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Additional Information: © 2010 by SAGE Publications
Divisions: Asia Centre
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Departments > Anthropology
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2010 11:02
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:44

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