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Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China

Susan Greenhalgh


China's one-child rule is unassailably one of the most controversial social policies of all time. This book draws on twenty years of research into China's population politics to explain how the leaders of a nation of one billion decided to limit all couples to one child. Focusing on the historic period 1978–80, when China was just reentering the global capitalist system after decades of self-imposed isolation, it documents the extraordinary manner in which a handful of leading aerospace engineers hijacked the population policymaking process and formulated a strategy that treated people like mi ... More

Keywords: one-child rule, China, population politics, aerospace engineers, policymaking, scientization, statisticalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520253384
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520253384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Greenhalgh, author