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Author Lam, Tong
Title A Passion for Facts : Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011
©2011
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (211 pages)
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Series Asia Pacific Modern Ser. ; v.9
Asia Pacific Modern Ser
Note Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. The Rise of the Fact and the Reimagining of China -- 2. From Divide and Rule to Combine and Count -- 3. Foolish People versus Soulstealers -- 4. The Nationalization of Facts and the Affective State -- 5. Time, Space, and State Effect -- 6. China as a Social Laboratory -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
In this path-breaking book, Tong Lam examines the emergence of the "culture of fact" in modern China, showing how elites and intellectuals sought to transform the dynastic empire into a nation-state, thereby ensuring its survival. Lam argues that an epistemological break away from traditional modes of understanding the observable world began around the turn of the twentieth century. Tracing the Neo-Confucian school of evidentiary research and the modern departure from it, Lam shows how, through the rise of the social survey, "the fact" became a basic conceptual medium and source of truth. In focusing on China's social survey movement, A Passion for Facts analyzes how information generated by a range of research practices--census, sociological investigation, and ethnography--was mobilized by competing political factions to imagine, manage, and remake the nation
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Lam, Tong A Passion for Facts : Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949 Berkeley : University of California Press,c2011 9780520267862
Subject Social surveys -- China -- History -- 20th century.;China -- Social conditions -- 1912-1949.;China -- Social policy
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