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

Lam Tong

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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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Lam Tong
Forlag
University Press Group Ltd
ISBN 9780520267862
Antall sider 280 Dimensjoner 15,9cm x 23,5cm x 2,2cm
Vekt 514 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social research & statistics