The Scientific Revolution in Chengdu

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:
The Scientific Revolution in Chengdu

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This chapter focuses on the “scientific revolution” in Chengdu. The discussion begins with the immediate political context, and emphasizes the urgent need of the population officials for new techniques and rationales, as well as the inability of China's social scientists to provide them. Next, it studies the rhetorical boundary work where natural scientists separate their science from the present social science of population. The chapter then discusses in detail the boundary work of scientists, and demonstrates how they placed their science outside Maoist politics and Marxist ideology. It also records the positive response of the new science of population by China's population officials.

Keywords: scientific revolution; population officials; new techniques; social scientists; boundary work; social science; population; Maoist politics; Marxist ideology

Chapter.  15513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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