Scribes, Assistants, and the Materiality of Administrative Documents in Qin-Early Han China: Excavated Evidence from Liye, Shuihudi, and Zhangjiashan 


Scribes, Assistants, and the Materiality of Administrative Documents in Qin-Early Han China:... As a result of the increasing administrative needs in the early imperial period, the profession of scribes was liberated from being the exclusive reserve of traditional hereditary families and opened to aspirants from non-hereditary families. Based on the excavated legal and administrative texts from Liye, Shuihudi, and Zhangjiashan, this paper explores the complementary nature of the scribes and assistants to understand the opening of the scribal profession. This paper also coins a concept of “administrative literacy,” which suggests that the materiality of written surfaces is a significant factor in understanding the literacy of administrative officials in early imperial China.
Du fait des besoins croissants de l’administration aux débuts de l’époque impériale, la profession de scribe a cessé d’être l’apanage des familles qui traditionnellement en avaient l’accès exclusif, et a été ouverte à des candidats venus d’autres familles. En se fondant sur les documents administratifs et juridiques exhumés à Liye, Shuihudi et Zhangjiashan, cet article explore la nature complémentaire des rôles de scribe et d’assistant, en vue de comprendre une telle ouverture de la profession de scribe. Ce faisant, il propose le concept de “compétence administrative” et suggère que la matérialité des supports d’écriture était un facteur important pour comprendre les niveaux de compétence des fonctionnaires de l’administration aux débuts de l’ère impériale.
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Scribes, Assistants, and the Materiality of Administrative Documents in Qin-Early Han China: Excavated Evidence from Liye, Shuihudi, and Zhangjiashan 


T'oung Pao , Volume 103 (4-5): 37 – Nov 30, 2017

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As a result of the increasing administrative needs in the early imperial period, the profession of scribes was liberated from being the exclusive reserve of traditional hereditary families and opened to aspirants from non-hereditary families. Based on the excavated legal and administrative texts from Liye, Shuihudi, and Zhangjiashan, this paper explores the complementary nature of the scribes and assistants to understand the opening of the scribal profession. This paper also coins a concept of “administrative literacy,” which suggests that the materiality of written surfaces is a significant factor in understanding the literacy of administrative officials in early imperial China.
Du fait des besoins croissants de l’administration aux débuts de l’époque impériale, la profession de scribe a cessé d’être l’apanage des familles qui traditionnellement en avaient l’accès exclusif, et a été ouverte à des candidats venus d’autres familles. En se fondant sur les documents administratifs et juridiques exhumés à Liye, Shuihudi et Zhangjiashan, cet article explore la nature complémentaire des rôles de scribe et d’assistant, en vue de comprendre une telle ouverture de la profession de scribe. Ce faisant, il propose le concept de “compétence administrative” et suggère que la matérialité des supports d’écriture était un facteur important pour comprendre les niveaux de compétence des fonctionnaires de l’administration aux débuts de l’ère impériale.


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