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 contextsthe scientization and statisticalization of sociopolitical lifeand provides the most detailed and incisive account yet of the origins of the one-child policy.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)|
About the Author
Susan Greenhalgh is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She is the coauthor of Governing China's Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics and the author of Under the Medical Gaze: Facts and Fictions of Chronic Pain (UC Press).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ixPreface xiAcknowledgments xix1. Introduction: An Anthropology of Science Making and Policymaking 12. History: The “Ideology” Before the “Science” 45making population science 793. A Chinese Marxian Statistics of Population 814. A Sinified Cybernetics of Population 1255. A Chinese Marxian Humanism of Population 169making population policy 1916. The Scientific Revolution in Chengdu 1937. Ally Recruitment in Beijing 2328. Scientific Policymaking in Zhongnanhai 2719. Conclusion: Why an Epistemic Approach Matters 307Notes 345List of Interviews 361References 371Index 395
What People are Saying About This
"Greenhalgh is our most surefooted guide to China's adventure in mass birth planning . . . . As a study of scientific policy-making in China, Just One Child is without peer."Science (Aaas)
"The first step in questioning the one-child policy will be an open and truthful exploration of its origins and history. This book is an admirable leap towards that goal."Times Literary Supplement (Tls)
"Highly engaging."Chinese Cross Currents