A Passion for Facts: Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949 (Asia Pacific Modern 9)
Tong Lam (Author)
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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. 7 b-w photographs, 1 line illustration
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About the Author
Tong Lam is Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto.
- Contributor: Tong Lam
- Imprint: University of California Press
- ISBN13: 9780520267862
- Number of Pages: 280
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x23mm
- Packaged Weight: 499
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Release Date: 2011-11-11
- Series: Asia Pacific Modern
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Tong Lam is Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto.
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