Ally Recruitment in Beijing

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:
Ally Recruitment in Beijing

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This chapter discusses the search for credibility among groups of scientists. It examines the turn-of-the-century population-control target, which reveals a hidden process whereby politics and science worked together to create a highly restrictive goal that would nearly authorize a one-child-for-all policy. The chapter then discusses the various communicational vehicles and rhetorical strategies used by the scientists to extend their influence among the key groups, the reactions of those targeted for persuasion, and the scientific resources and cultural context that facilitated their goals. It ends with a study of the responses of the social scientists, whose influence and credibility were quickly fading.

Keywords: credibility; population-control target; communicational vehicles; rhetorical strategies; scientific resources; cultural context; social scientists

Chapter.  15707 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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