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By Tong Lam

In this path-breaking e-book, Tong Lam examines the emergence of the “culture of truth” in sleek China, exhibiting how elites and intellectuals sought to rework the dynastic empire right into a geographical region, thereby making sure its survival. Lam argues that an epistemological break free from conventional modes of figuring out the observable international begun round the flip of the 20 th century. Tracing the Neo-Confucian university of evidentiary learn and the trendy departure from it, Lam exhibits how, in the course of the upward thrust of the social survey, “the truth” grew to become a simple conceptual medium and resource of fact. In concentrating on China’s social survey move, A ardour for Facts analyzes how details generated by means of various learn practices—census, sociological research, and ethnography—was mobilized by means of competing political factions to visualize, deal with, and remake the nation.

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