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“Labor Created Science”: The Class Politics of Scientific Knowledge, 1940–1971

Sigrid Schmalzer

in The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226738598
eISBN:
9780226738611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226738611.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter argues that the top-down project of science dissemination and the bottom-up one of mass science—while both in some sense “popular science”—lay in profound contradiction. Science ... More


“presumptuous Guests Usurp the Hosts”: Dissemination and Participation, 1971–1978

Sigrid Schmalzer

in The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226738598
eISBN:
9780226738611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226738611.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Historical accounts of science in twentieth-century China typically have little good to say of the Cultural Revolution—and often little at all. Perhaps even more than in other fields, the Cultural ... More


Yuan Longping: “Intellectual Peasant”

Sigrid Schmalzer

in "Red Revolution, Green Revolution": Scientific Farming in Socialist China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226330150
eISBN:
9780226330297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226330297.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter tracks the changing ways that the story of Yuan Longping's invention of hybrid rice has been told, paying special attention to the role of the tu/yang binary in the narratives. Although ... More


“Springtime for Science,” but What a Garden: Mystery, Superstition, and Fanatics in the Post-Máo Era

Sigrid Schmalzer

in The People's Peking Man: Popular Science and Human Identity in Twentieth-Century China

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226738598
eISBN:
9780226738611
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226738611.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the so-called “springtime for science”—the decades since the death of Máo and the end of the Cultural Revolution. As in Máo's China, officials in the post-Máo era found the ... More


A “Great Leap” in Statistics

Arunabh Ghosh

in Making It Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780691179476
eISBN:
9780691199214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691179476.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter discusses an “on-the-spot meeting” in the northern city of Baoding in the summer of 1958, which launched statistics in China down an altogether different path. During the ensuing months, ... More


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