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Time, Space, and State Effect

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/9780520267862.003.0006
Time, Space, and State Effect

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The Nationalist censuses and surveys had an uneven effect in practical terms, even as they introduced a new conceptual framework. In the major urban centers where the 1928 census was carried out intensively, for instance, the desire of the authorities to create a precise picture of the population produced a new collective and saturating temporal and spatial experience for the public. The author's inquiry about census in this chapter proceeds on two fronts: (1) he offers an analysis of how a new conception of time and space was increasingly embedded in a range of interconnected yet diverse censuses and surveys conducted by the Chinese intellectual elites within and outside the Nationalist government; and (2) he seeks to show how a new time–space conception was central in producing not only a new sense of national solidarity, but also a new structure of social difference within the nation-state.

Keywords: Nationalist; census; survey; population; time; space; state effect

Chapter.  10608 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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