China as a Social Laboratory


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:
China as a Social Laboratory

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The American and Chinese practitioners of social-survey research used China to test and develop their conceptions of the human world, and to generate new social categories for purposes of governance. But there were other foreign social scientists working in China in various contexts during this time. American social scientists were by far the most predominant and influential, as many Chinese social scientists were trained, either directly or indirectly, by their American colleagues. Japanese officials and social scientists also carried out extensive surveys in north China during the 1930s, yet their impact on the development of Chinese social science was very limited.

Keywords: Chinese social science; American social scientists; Japanese officials; survey

Chapter.  12794 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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