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University of California Press
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-8
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. The Rise of the Fact and the Reimagining of China
  2. pp. 15-49
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  1. 2. From Divide and Rule to Combine and Count
  2. pp. 50-72
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  1. 3. Foolish People versus Soulstealers
  2. pp. 73-90
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  1. 4. The Nationalization of Facts and the Affective State
  2. pp. 91-116
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  1. 5. Time, Space, and State Effect
  2. pp. 117-141
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  1. 6. China as a Social Laboratory
  2. pp. 142-170
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 173-222
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-263
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520950351
Print ISBN
9780520267862
MARC Record
OCLC
759574577
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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