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Just One Child Science and Policy in Deng's China

ISBN-10: 0520253396
ISBN-13: 9780520253391
Edition: 2008
Authors: Susan Greenhalgh
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Description: China's one-child rule is unassailably one of the most controversial social policies of all time. In the first book of its kind, Susan Greenhalgh draws on twenty years of research into China's population politics to explain how the leaders of a  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/13/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

China's one-child rule is unassailably one of the most controversial social policies of all time. In the first book of its kind, Susan Greenhalgh 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, Greenhalgh 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 missiles. "Just One Child" situates these science- and policymaking practices in their broader contexts--the scientization and statisticalization of sociopolitical life--and provides the most detailed and incisive account yet of the origins of the one-child policy.

Susan Greenhalgh is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. She is the author of Under the Medical Gaze: Facts and Fictions of Chronic Pain , Cultivating Global Citizens: Population in the Rise of China , and Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China . She is coauthor of Governing China's Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics .

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Anthropology of Science Making and Policymaking
History: The "Ideology" Before the "Science"
Making Population Science
A Chinese Marxian Statistics of Population
A Sinified Cybernetics of Population
A Chinese Marxian Humanism of Population
Making Population Policy
The Scientific Revolution in Chengdu
Ally Recruitment in Beijing
Scientific Policymaking in Zhongnanhai
Conclusion: Why an Epistemic Approach Matters
Notes
List of Interviews
References
Index

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