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Just One ChildScience and Policy in Deng's China$
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Susan Greenhalgh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253384

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253384.001.0001

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The Scientific Revolution in Chengdu

The Scientific Revolution in Chengdu

(p.193) Chapter 6 The Scientific Revolution in Chengdu
Just One Child

Susan Greenhalgh

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the “scientific revolution” in Chengdu. The discussion begins with the immediate political context, and emphasizes the urgent need of the population officials for new techniques and rationales, as well as the inability of China's social scientists to provide them. Next, it studies the rhetorical boundary work where natural scientists separate their science from the present social science of population. The chapter then discusses in detail the boundary work of scientists, and demonstrates how they placed their science outside Maoist politics and Marxist ideology. It also records the positive response of the new science of population by China's population officials.

Keywords:   scientific revolution, population officials, new techniques, social scientists, boundary work, social science, population, Maoist politics, Marxist ideology

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