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

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Lam, Tong.
A passion for facts : social surveys and the construction of the
Chinese nation state, 1900–1949 / Tong Lam.
        p.   cm. — (Asia Pacific modern ; 9)
   Includes bibliographical references and index.
   ISBN 978-0-520-26786-2 (cloth, alk. paper)
   1. Social surveys—China—History—20th century. 2. China—
Social conditions—1912–1949. 3. China—Social policy. I. Title.

HN740.Z9S6752  2011
   300.72’051—dc22

2011010281

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

  • Asia Pacific Modern Takashi Fujitani, Series Editor ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1- The Rise of the Fact and the Reimagining of China 19
  • 2- From Divide and Rule to Combine and Count 50
  • 3- Foolish People versus Soulstealers 75
  • 4- The Nationalization of Facts and the Affective State 91
  • 5- Time, Space, and State Effect 117
  • 6- China as a Social Laboratory 142
  • Epilogue 171
  • Notes 175
  • Glossary 223
  • Bibliography 227
  • Index 253
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