Governing China's Population: From Leninist to Neoliberal Biopolitics / Edition 1

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“The rise of China is one of the most significant trends of the twenty-first century. Governing China's Population is a must-read for anybody who is interested in how Chinese politics and society are changing, and how the U.S. can engage China to move toward international rules and practices. The authors’ groundbreaking work will change the way China's population policies and politics are understood in the United States.”—Lee Hamilton, President, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former Chairman, House Committee on International Relations
"It is not possible in the space of a short review to do justice to the richness of the tapestry woven in this book."—Economic and Political Weekly
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"The rise of China is one of the most significant trends of the twenty-first century. Governing China's Population is a must-read for anybody who is interested in how Chinese politics and society are changing, and how the U.S. can engage China to move toward international rules and practices. The authors' groundbreaking work will change the way China's population policies and politics are understood in the United States."—Lee Hamilton, President, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and former Chairman, House Committee on International Relations

"It is not possible in the space of a short review to do justice to the richness of the tapestry woven in this book."—Economic and Political Weekly

"Governing China's Population offers a remarkably innovative and revealing interdisciplinary analysis of the emergence of China's population as a problem of government. The book's main argument—supported by both extensive documentation and exceptional ethnographic access—affirms Foucault's sense of the importance of 'population' as a central object of modern government, while confronting those who would hastily (and Eurocentrically) 'globalize' Foucault with a challenging and vividly described case of a quite different historical configuration of power."—James Ferguson, Stanford University

"In this highly informative book, Greenhalgh and Winckler demonstrate the changing ways in which the population as an object of state intervention has played a central, if changing, role in China's arts of governmentality. Extending Foucault's concept of biopolitics to a major new terrain, the book opens new understandings, new questions, and new challenges."—Paul Rabinow, University of California at Berkeley

"China's transformation from high to very low fertility in less than a generation may be the most successful state social engineering project in history, but at the same time it constitutes an ethical nightmare. In this impressive volume, Susan Greenhalgh and Edwin Winckler lay bare as never before both the politics behind the evolution of mandatory family planning in China and its disastrous social consequences."—Martin K. Whyte, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804748803
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Susan Greenhalgh is population specialist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She was formerly China specialist and Senior Associate at the Population Council. Edwin A. Winckler is a political scientist and Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. The authors have served as advisors to the U.S. Government and the U.N. on Chinese population policy.
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