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A Passion for Facts : Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949, Hardback Book

A Passion for Facts : Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949 Hardback

Part of the Asia Pacific Modern series

Description

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.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 280 pages, 7 b-w photographs, 1 line illustration
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social research & statistics
  • ISBN: 9780520267862

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