A Sinified Cybernetics of Population

Susan Greenhalgh

in Just One Child

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520253384
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941267 | DOI:
A Sinified Cybernetics of Population

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This chapter discusses Song Jian, a top control theorist who tried to solve the population problem in China. It shows Song's rise during the Mao years and the various factors that helped him along the way. The chapter then identifies the practices Song and his colleagues used to greatly redefine the population problem and its ideal solution in scientific terms. It also shows how consequential political assumptions can get embedded and veiled in a powerful language of international scientific truth.

Keywords: Song Jian; population problem; Mao years; ideal solution; political assumptions; international scientific truth

Chapter.  16492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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