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A Passion for FactsSocial Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949$
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Tong Lam

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267862

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267862.001.0001

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China as a Social Laboratory

China as a Social Laboratory

(p.142) 6 China as a Social Laboratory
A Passion for Facts


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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

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