Science And Dissent In Post-Mao China

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When in 1989 Chinese astrophysicist Fang Lizhi sought asylum for months in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, later escaping to the West, worldwide attention focused on the plight of liberal intellectuals in China. In Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China H. Lyman Miller examines the scientific community in China and prominent members such as Fang and physicist and historian of science Xu Liangying. Drawing on Chinese academic journals, newspapers, interviews, and correspondence with Chinese scientists, he considers ...
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Overview

When in 1989 Chinese astrophysicist Fang Lizhi sought asylum for months in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, later escaping to the West, worldwide attention focused on the plight of liberal intellectuals in China. In Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China H. Lyman Miller examines the scientific community in China and prominent members such as Fang and physicist and historian of science Xu Liangying. Drawing on Chinese academic journals, newspapers, interviews, and correspondence with Chinese scientists, he considers the evolution of China's science policy and its impact on China's scientific community. He illuminates the professional and humanistic values that impelled scientific intellectuals on their course toward open, liberal political dissent.
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Hay (political science, U. of Birmingham) provides a critical introduction to the social, political, and cultural changes in Britain since World War II, and argues that they can be understood in terms of a theory of the state. He reviews and assesses the major theories of the state, and demonstrates how they can throw new light on such aspects as war, social change, the extension of citizenship, the emergence of a patriarchal welfare state, and the rise and demise of Thatcherism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295975320
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/1996
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Science and Liberalism in Contemporary China 3
2 Official Ideology in Transition 31
3 China's Science Community under Reform 69
4 Theories in Conflict 125
5 The Politics of Knowledge 183
6 China's Scientific Dissidence in Perspective 238
Appendixes 285
Notes 291
Selected Bibliography 335
Index 363
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