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A Passion for Facts: Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949

Tong Lam

Abstract

This book examines the emergence of the “culture of fact” in modern China, showing how elites and intellectuals sought to transform the dynastic empire into a nation-state, thereby ensuring its survival. The author argues that an epistemological break away from traditional modes of understanding the observable world began around the turn of the twentieth century. Tracing the Neo-Confucian school of evidentiary research and the modern departure from it, he shows how, through the rise of the social survey, “the fact” became a basic conceptual medium and source of truth. In focusing on China's so ... More

Keywords: culture of fact, modern China, elites, intellectuals, dynastic empire, nation-state, epistemological break, observable world, evidentiary research, social survey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267862
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267862.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tong Lam, author