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The Nationalization of Facts and the Affective State

TONG LAM

in A Passion for Facts

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267862
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950351 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267862.003.0005
The Nationalization of Facts and the Affective State

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To understanding this chapter, one needs to know the institutional and field practices through which empirical evidence of the nation was produced in the period of the National Reconstruction of 1928–1937, which was also the time when the Nationalists strove to reestablish themselves as the legitimate leaders of a national government after years of warlordism and politics under the new Republic. While survey-based social science helped to produce the nation and to establish its authority and legitimacy. In the first part, there is an examination of the intellectual movement known as National Studies or Guoxue and its fate. National Studies practitioners deployed the claims of science and nation to formulate a partially survey-based knowledge paradigm that was meant to be an alternative to the version of science and reason which originated the West.

Keywords: National Reconstruction; National Studies; reconstruction; science; survey

Chapter.  10822 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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